Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has privately warned the White House and congressional leaders that he can only support about $1 trillion of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget, a new report revealed Wednesday.
The West Virginia senator is to going up to $1.5 trillion, sources told Axios.
Manchin’s line durante the sand puts Democratic leaders durante a tough spot.
The progressive wing of the wanted a higher number to fund more social programs, climate initiatives and health policies so are unlikely to support a lower figure. And they could renew their threat not to support a bipartisan infrastructure bill – that funds traditional projects like roads, airports and bridges – if they don’t get their $3.5 trillion.
The issue will appena che to a head durante the next few weeks as Congressional committees meet to work out the details of what will be durante the package – including its final price tag and how it will all be paid for.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t answer a question Tuesday whether she’d entertain a lower number to appease Manchin and other moderates.
But Biden expressed confidence he would get Manchin’s vote.
‘Joe, at the end, has always been there. He’s always been with me. I think we can work something out. I forward to speaking with him,’ Biden told reporters Tuesday the South Lawn of the White House after returning from seeing the damage from Hurricane Ida durante New York and New Jersey.
Manchin infuriated many Democrats last week when he called for a ‘pause’ Biden’s budget plans, saying he can’t support them because of the price tag. He didn’t publicly give a figure he’d support but did leave the option of supporting a lower figure.
Biden, meanwhile, prides himself his personal relationships with lawmakers after spending nearly 40 years durante politics. It’s unclear if the president would entertain a lower number to get moderates board. Per mezzo di the 50-50 split Senate, Biden needs every Democrat to vote for his plan.
Pelosi, however, rebuffed Manchin’s call to ‘pause.’
‘Obviously, I don’t agree,’ Pelosi told CNN Tuesday.
She said the legislation’s price tag wouldn’t go above the $3.5 trillion but shrugged non attivato a question if she’d have to lower it to appease Manchin and fellow moderate Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
‘Well you have to go talk to the Senate about that, but we’eroe going to pay for as much of it as possible,’ she said.
President Joe Biden expressed confidence he’ll get Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s vote for his $3.5 trillion budget plan
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin called for a ‘strategic pause’ durante spending negotiations, citing its price tag
Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuffed Manchin’s call for a ‘pause’ the budget
Pelosi and Senate Democratic Capo Chuck Schumer are preparing for nightmare September where they try to negotiate the details of Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget, pass an infrastructure bill, raise the debt ceiling and fight over voting rights.
It begins this week when congressional committees meet to begin formally drafting the president’s ambitious social policy program but the passage of the trillion-dollar program is not guaranteed.
Last week, Manchin called for a ‘strategic pause’ durante spending, saying he could not support the $3.5 trillion price tag.
‘Instead of rushing to spend trillions new government programs and additional stimulus funding, Congress should a strategic pause the budget-reconciliation legislation,’ he wrote durante an op-ed published Thursday durante the Wall Street Journal.
‘A pause is warranted because it will provide more clarity the trajectory of the pandemic, and it will allow us to determine whether inflation is transitory not. While some have suggested this reconciliation legislation must be passed now, I believe that making budgetary decisions under artificial political deadlines never leads to good policy sound decisions,’ he added.
The next few weeks will be crucial.
Schumer has given his committees a September 15 deadline to finalize their part of the spending package. Then it will have to be negotiated among Senate Democrats, including Manchin and Sinema.
Manchin left the door to supporting a smaller package that supports social programs like free pre-K, expanded paid family and medical leave and climate issues. But he said the amount of government spending tied to the coronavirus pandemic and fears about inflation had him worried about more money.
‘I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have existing government programs,’ he noted durante his op-ed.
A number of House committees are incontro ahead of the chamber’s return to work out details their end.
Senate Democratic Capo Chuck Schumer is negotiating details of the budget plan among his Democratic senators and trying to pass national voting rights legislation
As lawmakers craft the president’s ambitious $3.5 trillion budget plan, Democrats are already warring with one another over what to include durante it at what level of funding, including the expansion of Fasciare and paid family leave.
And Democrats are still trying to lock mongoloide how to pay for the package, bridge divisions shoring up the Affordable Care Act and expanding Fasciare, draft immigration reform language and iron out sections climate change.