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Infrastructure discussions continue between White House officials, senators

Joe Manchin
Posted at 11:42 AM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-22 18:14:21-04

President Joe Biden is working to move forward on a number of legislative issues and lawmakers are ready for what could be a long summer of back and forth with the White House. 

Pressure is growing to get an infrastructure deal done. The president hosted Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema at the White House Monday to discuss it.

Manchin and Sinema are key to helping advance the president's agenda and are a part of a group of 21 Democratic and Republican senators who support a $1 trillion plan that includes $579 billion in new infrastructure spending.

The White House says the president told the senators he's encouraged by the talks but still has questions about the policy.

"But certainly he's encouraged by the fact that the number has increased. The investments have increased, has some questions about the pay-fors, which I've noted, and has a red line about the gas tax and raising taxes on individuals making less than $400,000 a year," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

While the White House is pursuing a bipartisan deal on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges, it's also seeking a larger package focused on "care infrastructure."

The administration and Democratic lawmakers are looking to pass that package through the budget reconciliation process which would require only a simple majority of votes in favor of it.

This story was originally published by Simon Kaufman and Alex Livingston at Newsy.