Democrats: Scaling Back Budget Bill; Press for Compromise By Week's End

While they were working to reduce their flagship domestic policy bill to a manageable size, President Biden informed Democrats that a proposal for two years of community college at no cost would be most likely to be dropped.

Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, center, outside the White House after meeting with President Biden on Tuesday. "It's not the number that we want -- we have consistently tried to make it as high as possible," she said of the cost of the package. Credit... Doug Mills/The New York Times

Published October 19, 2021 Last updated Oct. 26, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said on Tuesday that they hoped to reach a compromise on President Biden's sprawling domestic policy plan by the end of the week, toiling to show progress after weeks of public bickering and private negotiations with centrist holdouts.

The renewed urgency came as Mr. Biden privately conceded that key elements of his social safety net and climate proposal were likely to be dropped or substantially pared back to fit in a measure that would be much smaller than the initial $3.5 trillion plan that Democrats had sketched out over the summer.