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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is "confident" the White House and Senate Republicans will reach a compromise on the infrastructure package in the coming days, he told Fox News Sunday.

Why it matters: Considered one of the Democrats most crucial to the success of the president's legislative agenda, Manchin's remarks come after recent setbacks in negotiations between President Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the GOP's lead negotiator, Politico reports.

  • The president on Friday refused a counteroffer from Senate Republicans who increased their proposal of $257 billion by roughly $50 billion. Biden's most recent offer is $1 trillion in new spending.
  • “We’ll wait. We’ll talk to Sen. Capito after those meetings," Manchin said. "We’ll talk to the White House. And we think we can find a pathway forward. We’re not that far apart."

Go deeper ... Infrastructure judgment day expected after Senate recess

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Sep 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Sunday shows: Manchin vs. Sanders

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Photos: Drew Angerer; Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Dana Bash's back-to-back interviews with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this morning on CNN tell you everything you need to know about how far apart these key Democrats remain on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package and infrastructure spending.

Remember: In a 50-50 Senate, Democrats must be unanimous for their plan to pass. But Manchin wants to spend no more than $1.5 trillion.

Sep 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Warner warns he may vote against $3.5 trillion budget

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) walks near the Senate Chamber during a vote at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 7. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is warning that he could vote against the $3.5 trillion budget package if more money isn’t added for housing assistance to close the racial wealth gap in the current House version of the bill, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Warner’s threat is another indication that the proposal will face a variety of obstacles before the House and Senate can agree to a top-line number, how that money is spent on specific programs — and how to pay for it all.

Sep 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets

Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is negotiating the size and scope of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget plan armed with her own spreadsheets about the costs and tax hikes needed for each program, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: While Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is getting attention for balking at a $3.5 trillion top-line price tag, Sinema's accountant-like focus on the bottom line will be equally important to winning the votes of them and other key Democrats.