WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - President Joe Biden met separately with moderate US Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday to discuss Democrat-backed domestic spending legislation, the a the White House said.
Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate, making Manchin and Sinema critical to the prospects of the 3.5 trillion bill dollars.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the purpose of the meetings was to discuss a "way forward " on Biden's bill.
LSinema spokesperson John LaBombard said: “Today's meeting has been productive and Kyrsten continues to work in good faith with his colleagues and President Biden as this legislation evolves. . "
LaBombard did not provide details of the conversation.
Manchin was due to discuss the wid on Wednesday evening, Psaki said.
The legislation - opposed by Republicans - aims to complete a separate bipartisan infrastructure bill $ 1,000 billion and would focus on education, child care, climate related projects and other issues.
The meeting comes after Manchin said over the weekend he would not back a $ 3.5 trillion package and urged a thinner version, putting him at odds with other Democrats backing the project ofbroader law to tackle the main political objectives of the party while maintaining a tight grip on Congress.
Democrats pass legislation through Congress using a special procedure called budget reconciliation. This would allow them to get passage through the Senate with a simple majority made up of 48 Democrats, the two independents who caucus with them, and Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a likely 50-50 tie, thereby bypassing the Republican opposition. .
Under Senate rules, most other laws must win at least 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to advance.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to vote on the $ 3.5 trillion package, which could be revised downwards, d 'by the end of September and send it to the Senate for consideration.
With a slim Democratic majority in the House, Pelosi will have to meet the competing demands of his party's progressive and moderate wings. Report by Susan Heavey and Richard Cowan; Additional reports by Trevor Hunnicutt; Edited by Will Dunham, Doina Chiacu and Jonathan Oatis
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