Manchin and Sinema avoid saying if they support Biden’s framework

Sense. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for IRS Bank Reporting Proposal Removed from Spending Bill Democrats Try to Back Manchin on Removal of the paid family leave proposal PLUS (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema21 House Democrats Call For IRS Banking Reporting Proposal To Be Removed From Overnight Health Care Spending Bill – Brought To By Altria – Vulnerable House Democrats Push For On The Drug Pricing Plan Money – Will Joe Manchin ‘s Billionaire Tax Survive? PLUS (D-Ariz.), Two key moderates, both sounded positive Thursday about their talks with the White House, but neither offered explicit support for the spending framework presented by President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE.

Sinema, in a statement, said she and the White House “have made significant progress on the proposed budget reconciliation package.”

“I look forward to doing this, expanding economic opportunities, and helping everyday families get ahead,” he added.

Sinema spokespersons did not immediately respond to emails about whether she supports the framework, and her carefully worded statement does not directly address the question.

Manchin, when asked if he supported the frame, pivoted hard.

“All of this is in the hands of the House at this time. I have worked in good faith and I hope to continue working in good faith and that is all I am going to say, ”Manchin told reporters.

Pressed if he was saying he wants the House to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that Manchin helped negotiate on Thursday, Manchin responded, “It’s in the hands of the House.”

The answers are unlikely to satisfy House progressives, who are under intense pressure from House leaders to help pass the Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday.

Progressives have been pushing for public compromises from Manchin and Sinema.

“I believe that before there is a vote in the House on the infrastructure bill, members of the House have the right to know that 50 US senators are supporting a strong reconciliation bill,” said the Chairman of the Committee on Senate Budget. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Democrats Hoping to Hold Big Oil ‘Accountable’ on Money: Will Joe Manchin ‘s Billionaires Tax Survive? Democrats cut paid leave from spending deal amid opposition from Manchin MORE (I-Vt.) He told reporters on Thursday.

The framework removes or reduces several key progressive priorities, including prescription drug negotiations, paid leave, Medicare expansion, free community college, and a plan to target unrealized capital gains known as the billionaires tax.

The framework is also substantially smaller than the $ 3.5 trillion illuminated under the budget resolution that paved the way for the spending deal. The progressives wanted a $ 6 trillion bill, while Manchin put his top figure at $ 1.5 trillion.

A White House source told The Hill early Thursday that the framework was expected to win approval from all Democrats in Congress.

But the senator Dick durbinDick Durbin Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines 535 ‘presidents’ with veto power: why budget deal remains elusive After 35 years, Congress should finally end sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine powder MORE (D-Ill.) He indicated Thursday that he did not know whether Manchin and Sinema support the bill.

“I wish I could say yes, but there is a lot of uncertainty within the caucus as to what the agreement contains,” he said.

“I will tell you that there is a will to do it. And I think a positive sentiment among the 48 senators, we have been waiting to meet two senators, I hope we can do it soon, “he added.

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