Manchin warns Dems about going it alone on Biden's spending plan

President Biden will unveil in Pittsburgh a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the United States crumbling transport network creating millions of jobs and

Joe Biden speaks in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Biden plans to meet with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the party's main negotiator on infrastructure, on Friday.

U.S. President Joe Biden offered a major concession to Republicans - scrapping his proposed corporate tax hike - as he works to hammer out an infrastructure deal.

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Biden didn't name the two senators, but his comments are widely being interpreted to refer to Sen. The GOP's plan notably does not include new spending on a wide range of areas where Biden has recommended billions, such as electric vehicles, elder care and veterans hospitals, frustrating some Democrats who want Biden to walk away from the talks. Instead, the president offered to pay for the infrastructure plan by imposing a higher global minimum rate of 15% on US companies' foreign earnings.

Asked during an interview with NBC News whether he supported using budget reconciliation, an obscure Senate tool that would allow Democrats to approve legislation using their slimmest-possible majority, to pass an infrastructure bill Manchin said: "No, I don't think you should".

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Facing GOP opposition to key Democratic priorities, many Democrats have intensified calls for the elimination of the filibuster, which sets a 60-vote threshold for most legislation and can be wielded by Republicans to block liberal agenda items. In exchange, Republicans would have to agree to up their spending offer to $1 trillion. So that's what we're in the middle of right now. The concession comes after Biden agreed to drop his initial price tag of more than $2 trillion down to $1.7 trillion early in negotiations. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg previously said the administration expects to see progress in negotiations by Monday, though White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the White House is going to "keep our options open", in terms of any self-imposed deadline.

Psaki said the Biden administration was "open to other options", as long as they do not hike taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year.

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