Manchin deal with Dems opens door to big health care, climate, tax bill

Manchin deal with Dems opens door to big health care, climate, tax bill
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Washington

In a startling turnabout, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin announced an expansive agreement Wednesday that had eluded them for months addressing health care and climate, raising taxes on high earners and large corporations and reducing federal debt.

The two Democrats said the Senate would vote on the wide-ranging measure next week, setting up President Joe Biden and Democrats for an unexpected victory in the runup to November elections in which their congressional control is in peril. A House vote would follow, perhaps later in August, with unanimous Republican opposition in both chambers seemingly certain.

Just hours earlier, Senator Schumer, DN.Y., and Senator Manchin, DW.Va., seemed at loggerheads and headed toward a far narrower package limited – at Mr. Manchin’s insistence – to curbing pharmaceutical prices and extending federal health care subsidies. Earlier Wednesday, numerous Democrats said they were all but resigned to the more modest legislation.

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