WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) holds a news conference following the weekly Democratic caucus policy luncheon in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. Schumer said he will take a test vote this week on the USICA bill that includes funding for the National Science Foundation and that the Senate will proceed with a reconciliation bill tackling drug pricing and a 2-year ACA funding extension. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s initial effort to rebuild America’s public infrastructure and family support systems had a price tag of $4 trillion. And it stalled in Congress. A much slimmer but still substantial compromise package costing $739 billion is now being considered by lawmakers. With strategies aimed at inflation-fighting health care, climate change and deficit reduction, the new measure appears headed toward quick votes in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate. A major component is allowing the Medicare program to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. That could save the federal government some $288 billion over 10 years, money that would help seniors pay for their medications.