President Joe Biden joked on a phone call with Democrats that putting Sens. Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders in a room together to hash out the roughly $2 trillion difference in their visions of the social safety net expansions would result in “homicide.”
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, suggested earlier this week on the call that the only way to reach a deal on the bill may be to put the centrist West Virginia Democrat in a room with Sanders, whose agenda comprises much of the bill, CNN reported . But their differences are so vast that Biden didn’t think they would be able to cut a deal one on one.
Other Democrats agreed, with Montana Sen. Joe Tester saying, “Yes,” when asked whether he’s concerned about the pair’s disagreements.
“I just think it’s a matter of getting them in the same room,” he said.
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