Biden eyes Thursday vote on giant social safety net expansion

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden aimed to turn his win on sweeping infrastructure reform into success on the social welfare plank of his historic domestic agenda as lawmakers moved towards a vote Thursday on his Build Back Better blueprint. Earlier this month Congress passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act — America’s biggest public-works package since Dwight Eisenhower created the interstate highway system in 1956. House Democrats are on track to follow that by passing the party-line $1.75 trillion “human infrastructure” package, although jitters over spiraling gas and …

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