Biden Meets With Sinema, Manchin To Discuss Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in a 2019. [File photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News]

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, two key Democratic lawmakers in infrastructure negotiations, according to a White House official.

Sinema and Manchin have called for a bipartisan approach to the crafting of the president’s trillion dollar infrastructure plan.

According to Newsmax, the president told the senators “he was encouraged by what has taken shape but that he still has questions about the policy as well as the means for financing the bipartisan group’s proposal.”

“The two senators have been vocal in recent weeks about their support for keeping Senate filibuster rules in place, with Sinema saying Monday in a Washington Post op-ed that although she thinks the chamber should debate the rules, her “support for retaining the 60-vote threshold is not based on the importance of any particular policy. It is based on what is best for our democracy,” reported CNN.

Manchin and Sinema are part of a bipartisan group of 10 Senate Democrats and Republicans who have been working on a compromise $1 trillion, five-year package to improve the country’s roads, bridges, pipes and Internet connections.

Sinema and Manchin are joined in the effort by Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.).