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The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to advance key parts of President Joe Biden's agenda, after moderates and progressives reached a compromise allowing them to move forward on the multitrillion-dollar plans.
In a party-line 220-212 vote, it approved a $US3.5 trillion budget framework to advance progressives' ambitious plans to expand child care and other social programs, and agreed to vote by September 27 on a $US1 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure bill that is a top priority for moderate Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said her chamber would work with the Senate to nail down the details of the larger $US3.5 trillion budget.
Biden's fellow Democrats have little room for error as they try to approve the two massive spending initiatives in the House and Senate, where the party holds razor-thin majorities.
Pelosi had hoped to quickly approve the $US3.5 trillion budget outline, which would enable lawmakers to begin filling in the details on the sweeping package that would boost spending on child care, education and other social programs and raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
But centrist Democrats had refused to go along, saying the House must first pass the infrastructure bill, which has already won approval by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
Liberals, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have said they will not support the smaller package without the larger one, fearing they will lose leverage.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi and other Democrats with bare-knuckle partisan rhetoric for working on an agreement to secure Biden's domestic spending priorities and voting legislation without addressing the crisis in Afghanistan.