The remarks made by Manchin – perhaps the most crucial Senate Democrat to the success of the president’s legislative agenda – came after Biden last Friday rejected a revised counteroffer from Capito of the previous Senate Republican proposal of $ 257 billion in new ones Spending increased by about $ 50 billion. according to the White House.
In an earlier meeting last Wednesday, Biden urged Capito to support $ 1 trillion in new spending after slashing its initial demand from around $ 2.3 trillion to $ 1.7 trillion . Biden and Capito should speak to each other again on Monday.
Manchin remained optimistic about the state of the talks on Sunday, praising both the White House and Senate Republicans for changing their respective offerings. “I still have all the confidence in the world, Chris, we will make it. Geez, the president went from $ 2.25 trillion to $ 1 trillion. Republicans have come a long way from their inception, ”he told Wallace.
Nevertheless, Manchin admitted that “we are not there yet” and urged patience until the next conversation between Biden and Capito on Monday. “Well, wait. We’ll talk to Sen. Capito after these meetings. We’re talking to the White House. And we think we can find a way forward. We’re not that far apart,” he says.