Politics Biden to meet with Sens. Manchin, Sinema on Wednesday to discuss 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 — President Joe Biden will meet with Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., separately on Wednesday, meetings likely to discuss the $3.5 trillion spending and tax bill moving through Congress.
Sinema is scheduled to meet with Biden on Wednesday morning, and Manchin in the evening, two sources familiar tell NBC News. The two have said they will not support the $3.5 trillion price tag on the bill, which Democrats are hoping to pass without any Republican support.
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"Everybody knows my position," Manchinon Tuesday. "I’ve been very clear... I didn’t want anybody to say it was a surprise. So everybody knows pretty much where I am, so we’ll just continue to work through it."
Manchin hasn't detailed specific spending policies he opposes in the emerging package, with one exception: He has rejected the 80 percent clean electricity standard. Sinema also hasn't said what price tag she would support, nor has she stated which provisions she opposes.
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Manchin, a centrist Democrat, is urging his party to slow down the passage of a $3.5 trillion social spending bill. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he "absolutely" does not have weekly meetings with Exxon and slammed Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she said he was beholden to big energy companies. Last week, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Manchin for urging Democrats to slow down the passage of a $3.