Senate Democrats Downplay Tensions in Mansion
Senate Democrats are trying to bring the temperature down after days of high-profile drama and a bipartisan delay in the House infrastructure bill.
The House of Representatives went bankrupt on Friday after days of intense meetings that went on for hours without agreement on a path forward on the Senate’s passed infrastructure bill and reconciliation bill, which is supposed to hold many of the Democrats’ long-running political ambitions.
The standoff on Capitol Hill sparked a proxy war between the band and Senate moderates, with leadership stuck in the middle trying to find a way to appease them. But Senate Democrats, including progressives in the caucus, largely avoid rallying against the senator. Joe MansionJoe MansionHill Morning Report – Submitted by Alibaba – Democrats are still at odds over Biden’s agenda Mansion Throws in Challenge with Progressives Debt fight revives Democrats’ anxiety more (DW.Va.).
We are in negotiations with all the Democrats. Senator said. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHill Morning Report – Submitted by Alibaba – Democrats are still at odds over Biden’s agenda On the money – Democrats digging with Biden’s agenda in the balance Democratic civil war reaches new heights more (D-Mass.), when asked if she was surprised or disappointed by Manchin’s top figure of $1.5 trillion which is $2 trillion less than Biden and other Democrats were chasing after.
that it. Debbie StabinoDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabinoDemocrats Surprised, Surprised With ‘Framework’ Agreement Congress faces shutdown and debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won’t blink over debt cliff more (D-Mich.), who is seen huddling with Manchin and Sen. Chris KoonsChris Andrew KoonsMansion raises red flag on carbon tax Democrats back down as GOP opposes Biden’s Basel nominee Biden threatens more sanctions against Ethiopia and Eritrea over the Tigray conflict more (D-Del.) On the Senate floor this week, they noted that they talked about “the things we want to get done, that we share.”
“There is a lot of common ground,” she added. “There is a lot of positive effort.”
Effort to stay positive comes after Mansion threw a glove On Thursday, publicly declaring his preference for paying the $1.5 trillion social spending bill for Democrats. That’s well below the $3.5 trillion that lit the green for Democrats under a budget resolution earlier this year and a bill drafted by House committees.
“In order to have their own, elect more liberals,” Manchin told reporters in a huge fit outside the Capitol… I’ve never been a liberal in any way, shape, or form.
But Senate Democrats’ response has been largely muted, with several comments made by Manchin as a positive step forward after weeks of questions about what their moderate colleague was seeking.
“It’s certainly helpful to know Senator Manchin’s priorities,” the senator said. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDebt fight revives Democrats’ anxiety Democrats pour cold water on 0.5T at Mansion Congress prepares to avert shutdown, but a fight looms over debt more (D-Con.). “What he’s indicating is that he wants to get a deal.”
that it. Tim KingTimothy (Tim) Michael CaineCongress prepares to avert shutdown, but a fight looms over debt Senate Democrats Consider Government Funding Bill Without Raising Debt Democrats scramble for a strategy to avoid default more (D-Va.), When asked if he viewed $1.5 trillion as a tough stop for Mansion, he said, “I’d be surprised if that’s non-negotiable, and only Joe knows.”
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSchumer feels the heat to get Mansion and Cinema on board Congress prepares to avert shutdown, but a fight looms over debt On the money – Parliament pushes for a vote on infrastructure more (D-Ore.), In response to a question about Manchin’s red line at $1.5 trillion, he instead referred to the senator’s comments earlier this week to a small group of reporters where he noted changes to the 2017 GOP tax bill. as the primary starting point.
He explained that He wants to start reconciliation By backing away from the 2017 tax bill, Wyden said… I want everyone to know that the Senate Finance Committee has spent three years preparing for exactly this, and we’re ready to go now.
“And another point about that, he and I continue to have constructive discussions regarding energy issues and I think that’s helpful,” Wyden continued.
Part of the Democrats’ calculation was the belief that throwing rhetoric bombs on Manchin was unlikely to move him. Even with Senate progressives having deep disagreements with Manchin over the size and some substance of the $3.5 trillion spending plan, in the Senate 50-50 and with all Republicans voting, the leadership will eventually need his support in order to be successful.
“I think that’s really a situation where I don’t think we all knock on Joe going to do that,” the senator said. Mazy HironoMazi Kiko HironoHill Morning Report – Submitted by Alibaba – Democrats are still at odds over Biden’s agenda Debt fight revives Democrats’ anxiety On the money – Democrats digging with Biden’s agenda in the balance more (D-Hawaii) recently told reporters when asked to talk about the efforts of Democratic senators to find out what Manchin wanted.
Asked about Manchin, Senator. Tammy BaldwinTammy Susan BaldwinBiden is avoiding the GOP over judicial vacancies right now Democrats face ‘Rubik’s Cube on doping’ Warren and Danes introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack more (D-Wis.) He added during a CNN interview, “I like to look at the positives.”
He is still negotiating. He is still talking. It focuses a little bit on top line numbers rather than software. And let me say that I believe that progressives and moderates alike are committed to the agenda of rebuilding better.
It’s not just Senate Democrats, the major players in the House of Representatives carry their punches.
After Manchin called a $3.5 trillion plan “financial insanity,” the spokesperson said Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTransportation funding falls after Pelosi withdrew the vote on infrastructure Hill Morning Report – Submitted by Alibaba – Democrats are still at odds over Biden’s agenda White House says it’s ‘closer to a deal than ever’ after House vote on infrastructure more (D-Calif.) did not nibble on questions about her “problem in the Senate” and if she thought Manchin seemed “like someone who was open to further negotiations.”
“Look, I think Joe Manchin is a great congressman — in the Senate, we’re friends. We’re Italian Americans, we get along, Catholics, we have common values. I have great respect for him,” Pelosi told reporters…so we have common ground.
President of the Progressive Assembly Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalTransportation funding falls after Pelosi withdrew the vote on infrastructure Hill Morning Report – Submitted by Alibaba – Democrats are still at odds over Biden’s agenda Mansion Throws in Challenge with Progressives more (D-Wash.) was asked about Manchin saying $1.5 trillion is his highest number, and added that “there is no point in negotiating against ourselves.”
“We’ve invited Senator Manchin, or anyone else who may wish, to put forward their vision,” she added.
Democrats face significant risks amid weeks of escalating infighting and big questions about how to put rival factions on the same page. The two-part infrastructure and spending package is at the center of Biden’s legislative agenda, with many Democrats viewing it as too big to fail as they increasingly turn their attention to 2022.
Biden met House Democrats Friday at the Capitol and predicted that then the two legislative bills — the Senate’s bipartisan bill and the social spending package — would eventually land on his desk.
We’ll get it done. It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes or six days or six weeks. We’ll get it done,” Biden said as he left the caucus.
Senate Democrats echoed those remarks, predicting that a deal would be reached — at some point.
Kane said that the Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats back Hollywood crews threatening historic blow Energy and Environment Overnight – Submitted by API – Mansion: Gas should be part of clean energy program Senate confirms Biden’s controversial land administration pick more (DN.Y.) “I’m optimistic we’ll get this done, and so am I.”
“I think that’s the hard part. The last days of labor. It’s just the hard part of the negotiation. We want Biden to be successful. Biden’s success will be beneficial to every member of this party group.”
Asked about timing, Stabeno said, “You just don’t know. You really don’t know.”
“I think time is running out on the details of writing,” she said. “We’re in a place where people want to meet…and talk about details.”