Democrats wage war over spending, this time with each other

Democrats wage war over spending, this time with each other

President Joe Biden’s economic agenda hangs in the balance, and only Democrats can save it — by agreeing with each other.

It’s more complicated than it would seem.

Following years of bickering with Republicans over social welfare programs, federal spending, and taxes, Democrats are encountering an even bigger struggle finding an accord among themselves on those issues now that they control both the White House and Congress.

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, a socialist, took the party’s internal fight to the microphones last week in a hastily called press conference, lambasting party centrist Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona for blocking a package he helped author that would spend $3.5 trillion on social welfare programs.

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