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The party is close to selling Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, its chief centrist holdouts, on the specifics of the spending bill.

President Joe Biden had breakfast with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday. | (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

By SARAH FERRIS, BURGESS EVERETT and HEATHER CAYGLE

10/22/2021 10:49 AM EDT

Updated: 10/22/2021 03:42 PM EDT

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Democrats are inching closer to a deal on President Joe Biden’s social spending plan, though likely not until next week.

Biden had breakfast with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday as Democrats close in on a deal on Biden’s social spending plan, prompting an upbeat assessment from the California Democrat. Still, several sources with knowledge of the intensifying talks said they doubted a deal could come together anything this week given where things stand between Biden and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

But Democrats head into the final week of October with far more clarity from that duo than they began, giving the party increasing confidence it can land a framework for the bill this month. Talks will spill into the weekend, with both chambers gone until Monday.

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