Politics Biden to meet with Manchin, Sinema to discuss U.S. $3.5 trillion spending bill
Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants
The fight over Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending bill is reviving one of Washington's most perennial questions: What does Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) want? Manchin, who occupies the proverbial eye of the 50-50 Senate, is back in the spotlight amid a highly fraught debate over the heart of President Biden's legislative agenda. He's backchanneling with his colleagues, shadowboxing with progressives through the media and feeding GOP hopes that he'll scale down the bill. Manchin, for his part, says he's being clear in an effort to not catch anyone off guard.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden will meet separately with moderate Democratic U.S. senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday to discuss Democratic-backed domestic spending legislation, sources familiar with the meetings said.
The Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate, making Manchin and Sinema critical to the legislation's prospects.
Sinema, who represents Arizona, will be at the White House on Wednesday morning and Manchin, of West Virginia, will discuss the wide-ranging spending and tax bill on Wednesday evening, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Manchin, Sanders set for clash over Biden spending package
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are hurtling toward a showdown over President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending plan, as they draw red lines around their legislative priorities.The two veteran lawmakers are at opposite ends of the Senate Democratic caucus, with no close working relationship and some high-profile public splits in their past.But the White House and Democratic leaders will need to figure out a way to bring them together, and satisfy their contradictory demands, or suffer a massive defeat of the party's top goals."They really do mirror each other in terms of representing different ends of the Democratic coalition. ...
The legislation - opposed by Republicans - aims to supplement a separate bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill and would focus on education, child care, climate-related projects and other matters.
The meeting comes after Manchin over the weekend said he would not back a $3.5 trillion package and urged a slimmer version, putting him at odds with other Democrats backing the larger bill to tackle the party's major policy goals while they maintain a narrow hold on Congress.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Richard Cowan; Editing by Will Dunham and Doina Chiacu)
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reminds Biden who really holds the cards .
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is reminding her party’s leaders that the less liberal part of the Democratic congressional caucus, small as it may be, still holds a strong legislative poker hand. © Provided by Washington Examiner The likely result will be more of a public relations win than a substantive one for the purported centrists, while the taxpayers still lose and the party’s left wing whines while actually winning more than it should.