Washington — President Biden unveiled his revamped social policy and climate change plan Thursday that the White House expects will make sweeping changes to American society and which he hopes to pass with overwhelming Democratic Party support. The White House released details of the plan, known as the Build Back Better Act, as the president prepared to leave Thursday for Europe to attend two major global summits. Hours later, the House released legislative text of the plan, running at 1,684 pages, which could assuage progressive lawmakers' push to see the bill's language. The president is leaving the work of passing the new $1.75 trillion proposal, plus the bipartisan infrastructure plan awaiting final passage in the House, up to top congressional leaders who've struggled to wrangle the disparate wings of the Democratic Party over the course of the protracted negotiations. The plan does not include paid leave, a pivotal piece of the president's original proposal and campaign promises, nor does it include free community college. "No one got everything they wanted, including me," the president said from the White House Thursday, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris. "But that's what compromise is. That's consensus. And that's what I ran on. I've long said compromise and consensus are the only way to get big things done in a democracy. Important things done for the country. I know it's hard. I know how deeply people feel about the things that they fight for. But this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people." President Biden delivers remarks about his Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal as Vice President Kamala Harris stands by in the East Room of the White House on October 28, 2021. JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS The president emphasized what the reconciliation framework would accomplish, rather than what it wouldn't. He particularly emphasized how the framework will invest in education and childcare, and said the proposal makes the most significant investment ever in addressing climate change. "For much too long, working people of this nation and the middle class of this country have been dealt out of the American deal. It's time to deal them back in," the president said as he concluded his remarks. "[If] we make these investments, there will be no stopping the American people or America. We will own the future." If enacted as introduced, aides say Mr. Biden's plan would expand early childhood education for at least six years by providing universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; dramatically drive down the country's greenhouse gas emissions in the next nine years; provide first-of-its-kind tax breaks to encourage the widespread use of electric vehicles and the installation of solar panels on American homes; expand government-backed health care coverage for at least four years; and pay for the plan by enacting new taxes on the nation's wealthiest. The president met with House Democrats on Capitol Hill for about an hour on Thursday morning before departing for Rome, where he is scheduled to arrive later tonight ahead of a Friday meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City. Mr. Biden said he'll have more to say to the American people when he returns from Europe. Still, divisions remained among progressives in the House and two crucial Senate Democrats. A congressional aide familiar with the ongoing negotiations said Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two key moderate Democrats whose support for the plan is crucial, "loosely" agreed to a general, broad framework. But they would not yet commit to supporting the bill. "After months of productive, good-faith negotiations with President Biden and the White House, we have made significant progress on the proposed budget reconciliation package," Sinema said in a statement Thursday. "I look forward to getting this done, expanding economic opportunities and helping everyday families get ahead." Many Democrats, including progressives in the House, had insisted on seeing the legislative text of the measure before agreeing to pass the more targeted $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which revamps the nation's roads, bridges, railways and water lines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could vote on the infrastructure bill as early as Thursday, setting up a showdown with progressives who continued to vow to withhold their support. But some House progressives say there aren't enough Democratic votes to pass the infrastructure legislation. Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal told reporters there are "too many no votes" for the inf . . . read the full article here.