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Democrats Lobby Manchin On Budget Deal

Added 10-26-21 03:40:04pm EST - “In an evenly divided Senate, the fate of President Biden's domestic agenda could hinge on any one Democratic senator willing to withhold his vote.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Democrats lobby Manchin, a critical swing vote, as they race to seal a deal on their domestic agenda.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, reached out to him asking for help extending federal paid leave.

The No. 3 House Democrat, Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, and both Georgia senators, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, have made personal pleas for him to drop his opposition to a Medicaid expansion that would help their constituents.

As Democrats push to strike a compromise on their marquee domestic priority, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the most outspoken holdout on the plan and a crucial swing vote, has become the object of intense lobbying by his colleagues.

In an evenly divided Senate, the fate of President Biden’s domestic agenda could hinge on any one Democratic senator willing to withhold his vote. And while Mr. Manchin is not the only centrist who has raised concerns, his lengthy bill of particulars against the emerging legislation has made him a popular target for lawmakers pressing to salvage key provisions in the rapidly shrinking plan.

In recent days, Mr. Manchin has publicly objected to major components of the bill, including expansions of Medicare and Medicaid, a federal paid leave program, two major climate provisions and a proposal to empower the I.R.S. to obtain data for customers’ bank accounts as part of an effort to crack down on unpaid taxes and raise revenue to pay for the package.

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