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President Joe Biden managed to reach the first bipartisan deal of his presidency earlier this week. Hours after announcing it, he almost blew it up. Now, he’s trying to put out the fuse he lit on the dynamite stick. First, the events of Thursday: In the morning, Biden and a group of senators greeted reporters outside the White House to announce they’d reached an agreement on a more modest version of the president’s infrastructure plan — one that could clear the 60-vote hurdle required under the Senate filibuster and didn’t require the need to use the budget reconciliation process to pass on a party-line vote. The bill cut the initial proposal roughly in half, from $2.3 trillion to $1.2 trillion. “We’ve all agreed that none of us got what we all wanted,” Biden said. “I clearly didn’t get all I wanted. They gave more than, I think, maybe they were inclined to give in the first place. But this reminds me of the days we used to get an awful lot done up in the United States Congress. We actually worked with one another.” And then, speaking to reporters in the East Room a few hours later, Biden said he’d better get everything he wanted or he was calling this off.

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