President Joe Biden is under fire from all sides after a series of botched crises led to chaos overseas and at our southern border. So Biden needs a big win to reset the narrative that he is failing at his job.
The easiest win would be legislative as the Dems have near total control over the Federal government. But Biden just found out the hard way that controlling the government does not mean controlling your own party because Joe Manchin just told him to go pound sand over his big spending plan.
Biden has made promises he can’t keep and it looks like his house of cards is about to come crashing down.
Biden got the far-left to go along with the Senate’s infrastructure plan by promising them that a big $3.5 trillion spending bill would be passed via reconciliation.
Only one problem, Joe Manchin won’t spend that much and the far-left will take not one cent less.
So Biden, stuck in the middle, summoned Joe Manchin to the White House so Joe could personally put the squeeze on Manchin.
Predictably, Biden failed at that as new reporting says Manchin told Joe no, to his face, and that may sink Biden’s presidency faster than the debacle in Kabul.
President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Why it matters: Defying a president from his own party — face-to-face — is the strongest indication yet Manchin is serious about cutting specific programs and limiting the price tag of any potential bill to $1.5 trillion. His insistence could blow up the deal for progressives and others.
Axios was told Biden explained to Manchin his opposition could imperil the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that’s already passed the Senate. Biden’s analysis did little to persuade Manchin to raise his top line.
Manchin held his position and appears willing to let the bipartisan bill hang in the balance, given his entrenched opposition to many of the specific proposals in the $3.5 trillion spending package, Axios was told.
While the two left the meeting having made little progress, and are still some $2 trillion apart, the conversation was friendly and they agreed to keep talking.
NEW: Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats' budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.https://t.co/K6xJdbQSZT— Axios (@axios) September 17, 2021