(WLAX/WEUX) – The President is trying his hand at dealmaker-in-chief, but, the closer we get to a deadline for an agreement between progressives and moderates on a spending bill, the farther away the two sides have become.
An October 31st deadline set by democratic leaders in congress is creeping closer for the party to find at least 50 votes for the President’s Build Back Better bill.
The White House press secretary said White House meetings, Tuesday, were meant for the nitty-gritty part of deal-making.
“We’re getting close to the final stages here. we’re working to get agreement on a path forward.” Said press secretary Jen Psaki.
But the meetings had to be broken up. One for progressives. Another for moderates. Others for senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who stand in the way of the bill’s passage.
Manchin says: “the talks are very, very good.”
The two want a smaller price tag than 3-point-5 trillion dollars, plus Manchin and senator Jon Tester want removal of a carbon tax.
Discarding climate policies is a non-starter for progressives, who are holding up a one trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill as leverage.
“This is the agenda that Joe Biden ran on, that democrats ran on, and now we have to deliver it.” Said congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.
Where Democrats won’t get any votes? Republicans. They want to curtail massive government spending.
Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell said “The longer this lays out there, the more unpopular it becomes. The new democratic government just didn’t want to stop spending.”
The White House is lowering expectations of passage by October 31st, saying it’s not their deadline, but, adding some urgency. Halloween is also when extended funding for thousands of transportation department employees will run out.
In Washington, Lauren Blanchard