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Joe Biden will meet with Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema with Dems economic plans at stake


U.S. President Joe Biden meets virtually with governors, mayors, and other state and local elected officials to discuss the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, August 11, 2021.

Reuters President will meet with key Democratic Sens.| Reuters

President Joe Biden will meet with key Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin As he attempts to regain support for his economic plans, he will meet with Kyrsten Sinema and Evelyn Hockstein on Tuesday.

CNBC News and NBC News both confirmed that the president will have separate discussions with Sinema and Manchin, centrists from West Virginia and Arizona.

As Democrats from the White House and Senate try to come up with a plan for investing in climate and social safety net, the huddles are happening. Leaders must make progress in reaching an agreement to pass the budget reconciliation bill that Democrats will pass. This is what appears to be holding back the party from passing a $1 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Biden’s future policy goals will depend on how Congress acts in order for Democrats to maintain control of Congress during next year’s midterm election. An array of changes — from tax increases on corporations and the wealthy to expanded child care, paid leave, education and health care — will be on the line as Democrats negotiate in the coming days.

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Both Manchin and Sinema have said they would oppose the $3.5 trillion in social safety net spending first proposed by their party. The Democratic bill would not pass if any of the Senators opposed it in an evenly divided Senate.

The White House has not reached a settlement on a price range they support. A topline figure agreement would enable lawmakers to draft specific parts of the bill.

“In the next day or so, we hope to come to a place where we can all move forward on” the reconciliation bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks with reporters at Washington’s U.S. Capitol on September 28th, 2021.

Reuters The talks with Manchin and Sinema will in part determine whether Pelosi can thread a needle to keep her full caucus on board with both planks of Biden’s agenda.| Reuters

The talks with Manchin and Sinema will in part determine whether Pelosi can thread a needle to keep her full caucus on board with both planks of Biden’s agenda. According to NBC News reports, the California Democrat stated that her party would vote on the infrastructure bill Thursday despite progressive threats to do so if they fail to pass reconciliation.

Biden could get commitments from the Senators to vote in favor of a climate and social safety net spending plan. This would increase the likelihood that the infrastructure plan will pass this week. Pelosi stated repeatedly that she wouldn’t pass any budget bill unless it could also be passed by the Senate.

So, the Senate approved the infrastructure bill. House passage would then send it to Biden’s desk.

Pelosi insists Tuesday that the president will not be impeded by squabbles in the party.

She said, “We will pass both bill,”

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