Democrats’ Dilemma: What to Trim From Massive Social Safety Net Expansion Plan

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Democrats’ Dilemma: What to Trim From Massive Social Safety Net Expansion Plan

Paid family leave or a dedicated corps to address the climate crisis? Universal pre-kindergarten or expanded health care benefits for Medicare patients? Free community college or continuing the child tax credit?

Democrats in Washington are finding themselves at a crucial negotiating point as they try to figure out how to whittle down a partisan, massive expansion of the social safety net.

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Biden has dubbed the proposal—a crucial piece of his agenda that includes many of his campaign promises—as the Build Back Better agenda. It initially came with an estimated $3.5 trillion price tag, covering climate crisis initiatives, family programs and health care programs, among many other initiatives.

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