House gavels in as Democrats aim to pass infrastructure, social-spending bills


The House of Representatives gaveled in early Friday as Democratic leaders were hoping to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social-spending and climate package as well as a bipartisan infrastructure bill that previously cleared the Senate. The infrastructure measure would go to Biden for his signature upon House passage, but the social-spending package is likely to be changed in the Senate, where portions of it face opposition from West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. House progressives have blocked the infrastructure bill pending changes in the bigger measure, to which Democrats have now added provisions including paid leave.

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