WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will meet the senses. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Separately on Wednesday, meetings likely to discuss the $ 3.5 trillion spending and the tax bill going through Congress.
Sinema is scheduled to meet with Biden on Wednesday morning and Manchin in the evening, two familiar sources told NBC News. Both have said they will not support the $ 3.5 trillion price tag on the bill, which Democrats hope to pass without any Republican backing.
“Everyone knows my position,” Manchin told reporters Tuesday. “I’ve been very clear… I didn’t want anyone to say it was a surprise. So everyone knows roughly where I am, so we’ll keep working on it.”
Manchin did not detail the specific spending policies he opposes in the emerging package, with one exception: he rejected the 80% clean electricity standard. Sinema also did not say what price she would support, nor did she indicate what arrangements she opposes.