Biden announces deal, seeks votes: ‘Let’s get this done’

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President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says he has reached a “historic” framework with Democrats in Congress on his sweeping, though scaled-back domestic policy plan.

Biden’s remarks at the White House come after he traveled early Thursday to Capitol Hill to pitch House Democrats on the package.

The proposal is now $1.75 trillion and without a paid family leave program and other priorities. But it’s still a sweeping plan with new health care, free-prekindergarten and climate change programs.

He told lawmakers in the plainest language: “I need your votes.” He wanted a deal before departing for global summits. Progressive House Democrats want to see the fine print.

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