Divided Democrats see slow progress on Biden’s social spending bill

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By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Brawling factions of the Democratic Party on Thursday worked feverishly toward agreement on a huge U.S. social spending bill, even as Senator Joe Manchin said there would not be a deal “anytime soon” on broad outlines of legislation that is a pillar of President Joe Biden’s agenda. The warning from the key centrist lawmaker indicated that Democrats were still not close to agreeing on the size and contents of Biden’s spending package. “This is not going to happen anytime soon,” Manchin told reporters. With closed-door talks being held thro…

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