President Joe Biden on Monday will host two critical Democratic senators for one-on-one meetings at the White House as he enters a crucial week for his legislative agenda.
A White House spokesman said West Virginia censor Joe Manchin and two members of the Central Committee on Infrastructure Legislation would meet separately with Tom Carper Biden of Delaware to discuss the issue.
The president said today the president is holding one-to-one meetings with Senators Carper and Manchin about the US employment plan and ongoing congressional talks about the urgent need to invest in our infrastructure.
The meetings with Manchin and Carper come in a crucial week for the White House, and Biden is due to meet later this week with four top congressional leaders and the Senate Senate Republican Senate Infrastructure Panel.
Biden has made it clear, both publicly and personally, that he is sincere in his desire to see if there is a way to reach a bilateral agreement on physical infrastructure spending. Proposing a ৩ 2.3 trillion infrastructure, he said he was willing to listen to Republicans and compromise.
Biden’s top advisers describe Biden’s intentions as sincere and what he is willing to spend in the coming days talking to Republicans to see if there is any way forward.
Manchin, the Democrats’ moderate core in the Senate, also said publicly that he would not go along with any Democratic push forward unless an attempt was made to find a bipartisan deal. The Senate is equally divided, and Vice President Kamala Harris is positioning himself as the decisive voice of the Democrats, which makes Manchin a prominent figure in his party, as he can achieve or violate the President’s infrastructure goals.
Carper, who hails from Delaware, where Biden was born and is close to the president, is known for his good relations with Republicans and is in the midst of bipartisan negotiations on a ground transportation re-authorization bill that could serve as a driving force for parts of Biden’s infrastructure proposal. …
This has raised the stakes for the next few weeks: the White House is looking forward to Memorial Day progress, and more progressive Democrats are eager to push Biden’s legislative plans forward as soon as possible.
A Senate Republican group led by West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito sent a $ 568 billion counter-offer to the White House last month, and staff-level discussions have continued between the two sides since. Biden and Capito spoke on the phone recently, and Capito will join the Senate Republican group in the Oval Office to meet with Biden on Thursday.