The senator believes that consideration of the bill should be postponed to next year.
President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin had a “productive conversation,” but will continue to communicate amid attempts by Democrats to find a way out of the impasse in negotiations on a $1.75 trillion spending package. This was stated by the representative of the senator.
The talks took place against the backdrop of Biden’s attempt to facilitate the adoption of the “Build Back Better” bill, which aims to strengthen social protection and combat climate change.
“Senator Manchin and President Biden had a productive conversation this afternoon. They will continue negotiations in the coming days,” representative of Senator Sam Runyon said.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal criticized the analysis of the bill published on Friday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office at the request of Republicans in the Senate. According to the report, if passed, the bill will increase the U.S. budget deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade if all its programs work.
This contradicted an earlier analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, based on the provisions of the bill to phase out certain programs, that this would increase the deficit by $367 billion. Democrats argue that all this will be offset by an increase in tax revenues.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Charles Schumer, said he hopes to pass the law by Christmas.
Senator Manchin is the main obstacle to the passage of the bill. He urged Democrats to slow down the process and pay attention to issues such as inflation. The senator also expressed the opinion about the need to postpone the adoption of the bill for next year.
Progressive Democrats condemn the lack of progress in the adoption of the bill.
“Forcing millions of Americans to start paying off student loans again and abolishing the child tax deduction before the election is not the best strategy,” Congresswoman Cori Bush said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Democrats continued to try to resolve differences within the party on several provisions of the budget.
So, Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto managed to remove from the bill a provision establishing a new federal tax on certain nicotine products, mainly used in vaping.
Cortez Masto, who is up for re-election next year in the swing state of Nevada, objected to the tax, which she said would violate Biden’s promise not to raise taxes for those with annual incomes below $400,000.