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The New Challenge for Democrats: Sucking Up a $2 Trillion Cut While Smiling

Chip Somodevilla

When President Joe Biden released a comprehensive outline of his centerpiece social spending bill on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had a simple message for House Democrats.

Don’t talk about what’s not in the bill, Pelosi said: Talk about what is in it.

There is, of course, a lot. The bill Biden outlined contains $1.75 trillion in investments that establish universal pre-kindergarten, vastly expand childcare, continue direct payments to most U.S. families, extend Medicaid coverage to millions of people, and direct some $550 billion toward fighting climate change—among many, many other provisions.

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