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Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill faces critical year-end test

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By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Having averted an embarrassing government shutdown and potentially catastrophic default this month, Democrats in the U.S. Congress now move on to the even harder task of passing President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion domestic investment bill. After months of intraparty dickering, moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was withholding his support for the sweeping bill that would expand social programs and invest in technology to battle climate change, complicating Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s goal of approving it before Christmas just 10 days awa…

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