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House Budget Dems aim to show movement on social spending plan

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The House’s budget panel summoned a rare Saturday session to bundle more than 2,400 pages of bill text the chamber’s Democrats have written over the last month to fulfill their $3.5 trillion spending plan.

Usually that step would be a sign that the package is finalized, since the Budget Committee is tying together a dozen pieces of the broader bill Democrats want to enact to carry out President Joe Biden’s promises of social assistance such as child care subsidies, paid leave, education aid and more comprehensive Medicare coverage. But majority party leaders are still grasping for an endgame compromise that can pass both the House and Senate.

Instead, top Democrats in the House see the formal melding of the 12 chunks of bill text as a way to mark their spending goals before the plan morphs to meet the disparate demands of their party’s lawmakers, including the moderate Democrats on the opposite end of the Capitol.

In a letter to her own on Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the Budget Committee markup, while noting that........

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