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Biden wants spending to boost economy, but GOP to block vote

(AP) President Joe Biden says his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain economic momentum.

The Democrat is aiming to set the tone for a crucial week of congressional negotiations on two bills that would together spend more than $4 trillion. But Senate Republicans are signaling they would likely oppose a procedural vote set for Wednesday on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Republicans want to wait until more details are worked out and plan to filibuster to block it.

Senators are wrangling over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in new spending on highway, water system and other public works projects.

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