“This deal is not done until the Senate acts,” said Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who still wants to add a billionaire tax to the bill that now includes a surtax on ultra high-income wage earners. “There’s a significant amount still to do.” The reality of a 50-50 Senate and a three-vote House majority may complicate those efforts significantly. Several Democrats said that other than the ongoing negotiations on Medicare and tax relief for high-cost states, the current deal may be as good as they are going to get with moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the bill’s contours may change, but “not dramatically.” “There are, of course, dozens of proposals that folks are going to make a last-ditch effort to add to it,” Coons said. “But what we needed is a path forward and a package that everyone could get behind. I think the president’s accomplished that.” The smorgasbord of opinions about what’s truly up for negotiation demonstrates why House progressives balked at passing the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill this week — and why that logjam may not clear anytime soon. As long as it’s not clear that the deal is essentially unchangeable, Manchin and Sinema may decide they don’t need to publicly bless it. And until they do give their blessing, Democrats feel little need to stop the attempted horse-trading. “If senators are able to come to a decision that is better with 50 votes, we welcome it, and they should do that work,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the Congressional Progressive Caucus leader who met with Sinema on Thursday. “Senators are actually texting me to say they still want to negotiate.” House Democrats promised to try to both wrap up negotiations on the spending package and finally pass the $550 billion infrastructure bill next week. But some senior Democrats are skeptical that can happen, particularly with major outstanding issues like immigration yet to be resolved in the social spending talks. And many are pining for more clarity from the Senate’s two Democratic moderates, who have cut down the bill’s size and reshaped its tax regime. Their assurances may not be forthcoming anytime soon. A Sinema spokesperson said in a statement that he had “nothing to add beyond Senator Sinema’s” Thursday indication of warmth for the framework, directing further questions toward the White House. Manchin called the deal “the product of months of negotiations and input from all members of the Democratic Party who share a common goal” but has declined to explicitly bless it — even though he and Sinema both negotiated it and have told Senate colleagues they support it. His office did not comment for this story. House Democrats haven't really heard "any . . . read the full article here.
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