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Manchin doesn't think Democrats will reach a deal on a social-spending bill 'anytime soon'

Manchin doesn't think Democrats will reach a deal on a social-spending bill 'anytime soon'

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
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Sen. Joe Manchin said he doesn't see Democrats reaching a deal on social spending "anytime soon."




Some House Democrats set a goal to have a framework for the bill by this Friday.




Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have forced cuts to progressive priorities in the Democrats' bill.


Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters Thursday that he doesn't think Democrats will reach a deal on a social-spending bill by the end of the week."This is not gonna happen anytime soon, guys," the West Virginia Democrat said.Democrats have been trying to reach an agreement on a reconciliation bill this week that would appease both progressives and moderate holdouts. The initial $3.5 trillion legislation has already been scaled back - President Joe Biden suggested the final price tag could be as low as $1.75 trillion - with Biden reportedly willing to cut funding for free community college from the bill.Some Democratic lawmakers had hoped to have a framework for the reconciliation bill by the end of this week. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said during a Thursday press briefing that the House is still on schedule for that timeline, but given Manchin, and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's opposition to a range of measures in the bill, getting a framework by the end of this week seems unlikely.
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