Stamford Advocate

Biden: Budget talks hit ‘stalemate,’ $3.5 trillion plan may take a while

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President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate” in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation’s tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investment­s.

Biden spoke at the White House as Democrats in the House and Senate are laboring to finish drafts and overcome difference­s between the party’s centrist and moderate factions. Despite efforts by the president and congressio­nal leaders to show progress, Biden cast the road ahead as long and potentiall­y cumbersome, even with upcoming deadlines.

“We’re getting down to the hard spot here,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “We’re at this stalemate at the moment.”

Biden said the process is “going to be up and down” but “hopefully at the end of the day I’ll be able to deliver on what I said I would do.”

The president’s acknowledg­ment of Democrats’ disagreeme­nts - and they have serious difference­s over taxes, health, climate change and the ultimate price tag - contrasted with congressio­nal leaders’ more upbeat tone in recent days. Using carefully chosen words, top Democrats have seemed to be trying to create a sense of momentum as House votes approach.

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