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Biden says he hopes Democrats reach spending deal this week

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By Nandita Bose and Steve Holland PLAINFIELD, N.J. (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday held out hope for an agreement on his major spending plans before attending a climate summit in Scotland, while the White House said Democratic negotiators were closing in on a deal. Biden visited New Jersey to sell his “Build Back Better” agenda after talks on Sunday with moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote is critical to the package, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow Democrat. “That’s my hope,” Biden told reporters as he departed Wilmington in his home state of De…

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