Biden Tells House Progressives Free Community College Nixed from Reconciliation Bill: Report

President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after participating in a ceremony for state and national Teachers of the Year at the White House in Washington, D.C., October 18, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Biden told House progressives on Tuesday that his proposal for free community college would not be included in the final reconciliation package being hammered out by Democrats, multiple sources told CNN.

Additionally, Biden said the current child tax credit will be extended by one year instead of being made permanent, and will be means-tested as proposed by Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.). Proposed funding for home-care services for the elderly will also be reduced from $400 billion to below $250 billion.

A key priority for congressional progressives — an expansion of Medicare to include vision, dental, and hearing services — will remain in the reconciliation bill, Biden reportedly said.

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