Biden economic agenda on hold as more Americans hit hardships

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden walk out of the White House to board Marine One on Jan 30, 2022, in Washington, DC. The Bidens were spending the evening attending the the National Governors Association’s Black Tie Dinner at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/TNS)

American families are feeling the financial squeeze of soaring inflation and a persistent pandemic as fractious Democrats return to Washington this week no closer to a deal on a tax and spending bill party leaders hoped would by now provide relief.