Biden meets with key Democratic senators as he pushes for path on voting, infrastructure

June 22, 2021 at 00:06

(CNN) President Joe Biden ramped up his push to move his legislative agenda forward in private meetings Monday with two key Democratic lawmakers.
Biden spoke with the Democrats -- Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin -- in separate meetings, according to a White House official.
The two lawmakers represent a crucial players in Biden's efforts to move his $4 trillion economic agenda.
Both have insisted Democrats pursue a bipartisan track on infrastructure talks and are part of a group of 21 Republicans and Democrats currently in talks with Biden over a plan that includes $579 billion in new spending.
Sinema spoke with the bipartisan group after talking with Biden.
White House officials have made clear they're encouraged by the direction of the infrastructure talks thus far, but major differences remain over how to finance the proposal.
Biden has rejected indexing the gas tax to inflation and applying user fees to electric vehicles -- two options considered by the group.
"The President thanked each senator for their engagement toward making historic investments in economic growth, middle class jobs, and the clean energy economy, and told them 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 official said.