After the opposition of Joe Manchin to Joe Biden's Climate Change approach, he now is seeking a deal, with Bernie Sanders.
According to sources familiar with the lunch, he told Democratic colleagues that he will work with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer to reach a deal by the end of the week on a major human infrastructure spending package.
He is a key figure in Democratic negotiations over a major human infrastructure spending package.
“Universally there was a desire to get this done by the end of this week,” said a Democratic senator who participated in the meeting.
Inside the conference, Manchin expressed more confidence that a broad agreement could be reached by Friday than he had shown earlier in the week when questioned by reporters about reaching an Oct. 31 deadline for enacting legislative legislation.
As a result of the meeting, two sources familiar with the proceedings confirmed that Manchin told colleagues he planned to continue talking with Sanders this week and that he would try to reach an agreement on a general framework for the bill that Democrats intend to pass on a party-line vote under budget reconciliation.
"Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation. Yet, the political problem we face is that in a 50-50 Senate we need every Democratic senator to vote 'yes.' We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin," Sanders wrote in a jab at his colleague.
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