President Joe Biden canceled his trip to Chicago on Tuesday as he remains in Washington to push for support of his $5 trillion spending agenda.
Biden met with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) at the White House on Tuesday, negotiating efforts regarding a vote on the Democrats’ current $3.5 trillion spending bill.
NEW: Manchin returns from his meeting w/ Biden, tells us he made “no commitments” to the President on the reconciliation package.
“There was no commitments made at all,” he said when asked about a top-line number. “Just good negotiations, talking about the needs of our country.” pic.twitter.com/954u4exHIc
— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) September 28, 2021
Many progressive Democrats are upset that the spending bill will not be connected with the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“Let’s be crystal clear. If the bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed on its own on Thursday, this will be in violation of an agreement that was reached within the Democratic Caucus in Congress,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted.
Let’s be crystal clear. If the bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed on its own on Thursday, this will be in violation of an agreement that was reached within the Democratic Caucus in Congress.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 28, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had scheduled to vote on legislation on Thursday. It is uncertain now whether the deal will move forward.
The week will certainly see additional efforts on all sides, with Democrats pushing for more spending while Republicans seek to resist the big government agenda.