WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin hasn't signed onto a proposed billionaire tax, a key element of efforts by congressional Democrats to strike a deal Wednesday on a huge spending package. The White House had hoped to wrap up the negotiations on the bill before President Joe Biden jets off to Europe for meetings with international leaders. But even as Democratic leaders optimistically signaled an impending agreement, key lawmakers said there were still major issues to resolve. "I don’t like the connotation that we’re targeting different people. There’s people that basically, they’ve contributed to society, they’ve created a lot of jobs, and invested a lot of money and give a lot to philanthropic pursuits," Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters Wednesday when asked about the billionaire tax. "But it’s time that we all pull together and row together." A Manchin aide said he's conflicted about the idea but hasn't closed the door. Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he's "upbeat" about the progress toward winning all 50 Democrats for a plan to tax billionaires. Wyden told reporters Wednesday that he and Manchin are discussing the matter, and that they agree that "everybody should pay their fair share policy." He added that "there has not been a single United States senator" who says they're "supportive of the idea that billionaires should pay nothing." White House officials are set to meet Wednesday with Manchin, of West Virginia, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, two Democrats who have chipped away at Biden's "Build Back Better" proposal. Biden met with the two senators at the White House on Tuesday. Sinema ignored questions about whether she supports the billionaire tax. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., asked about the billionaire tax, said the "devil is in the details." The legislative text hasn't been fully fleshed out or evaluated by Congress's nonpartisan scorekeeper. Wednesday's meeting will take place at the Capitol with White House officials including Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council; Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president; and Louisa Terrell, director of legislative affairs. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing Wednesday that Biden “remains open” to going to Capitol Hill but no decisions have been made as of 2 p.m. ET. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to Democrats tha . . . read the full article here.