President Biden plans to meet separately on Wednesday with two Democratic senators who refused to back the party's $ 3.5 trillion economic package , as congressional leaders rush to resolve
The two senators - Kyrsten Sinema d ' Arizona and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia - have repeatedly said they will not supportThis is not such a costly measure, jeopardizing the chances of a plan that will require the support of all Senate Democrats to pass. Ms. Sinema arrived at the White House early Wednesday morning, while Mr. Manchin is due to meet with Mr. Biden later today.
The Liberal Democrats argued that the $ 3.5 trillion package - filled with spending on climate change programs, public education, health care, Child and senior care initiatives and paid holidays, and funded by tax increases on the rich - is already a compromise. But Mr Manchin and Ms Sinema, who have taken a more fiscally conservative stance than most in their party, have resisted the price.to pay. However, it is still unclear which specific revenue proposals or spending provisions they wish to reduce or eliminate.
Unity in measurement is crucial given that Republicans are unanimous in opposition. Democrats plan to pass him through a special budget process known as reconciliation, which shields him from obstruction and allows him to pass a simple majority vote. But given the slim majority of Democrats, they can't afford a single 50-50 defection to the Senate and can spare as little as three votes in the House.
Three Democrats: Representatives Scott Peters from California, Kurt Schrader from Oregon and Kathleen Rice from New York - have proposed a less aggressive drug pricing alternative than that proposed by the chefs party, which would most likely produce considerably smaller savings for the government.
If the three Democrats join the Republicans in opposing the leaders' plan , they could preventlegislation to get out of the House Energy and Trade Committee, depriving Democrats of a substantial share of the revenue they must fund the reconciliation bill. The committee could take up the matter as early as Wednesday.