Biden’s agenda continues to stall.
Biden himself attempted to talk Dem Senator Joe Manchin (D‑WV) into supporting a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
According to reports, Manchin said no.
President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D‑W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Why it matters: Defying a president from his own party — face-to-face — is the strongest indication yet Manchin is serious about cutting specific programs and limiting the price tag of any potential bill to $1.5 trillion. His insistence could blow up the deal for progressives and others.