US spending bill has to be curbed: Biden

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US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting with progressive Democratic lawmakers from the House of Representatives to discuss a social spending bill which he plans to make clear will be smaller than they hoped, the White House says.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden would discuss a "path forward which includes the recognition that this package is going to be smaller than originally proposed".

"What he wants to hear from them is what their priorities are, what their bottom lines are, so he can play a constructive role in moving things forward," she said.

Biden initially proposed a $US3.5 trillion ($A4.8 trillion) social spending bill but some moderate Democrats are withholding support because of the price tag.

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