Marion McKeone: Biden braced for more battles to get his spending package over the line

The US president’s social spending programme has the potential to make his administration a truly transformative one, but two of his own party’s senators are standing in the way

3rd October, 2021
Marion McKeone: Biden braced for more battles to get his spending package over the line
Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden take questions from the media in Washington DC last week. Picture: Getty

Late on Friday evening, Joe Biden, the US president, and Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker, heaved a mutual sigh of relief after a week of fighting fires on four separate fronts on Capitol Hill. But the flames have been contained rather than extinguished.

Shortly before 4pm on Friday afternoon, the firefighter-in-chief arrived on Capitol Hill in an attempt to douse the conflagration within his own party. A bitter internecine feud has flared up between the...

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