WASHINGTON, Dec 22 - The briefing of the senator and his administration will continue, the White House said on Wednesday, after the key conservative democrat rejected the president's Build Back Better plan earlier this week.
We believe Senator Manchin has been engaged in good faith with us over the past three months, spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "There will be more negotiations, no doubt about it. Everybody is keeping up.
Psaki said that president Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats still agreed on a policy to promote health benefits and climate change.
Manchin, who passed an important vote in the 50-50 divided Senate on Sunday told Fox News that he wouldn't vote for the bill. On Tuesday, Biden said he and the lawmaker would still "get something done."
House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber will vote on a package in the middle of 2022.
Psaki told reporters Biden had made clear he wanted the package to be paid for even if others would later have to be extended. Despite the disagreements over the timelines of the bill, the bill was not in fact set up.
"Compromise isn't a dirty word. We're going to continue talking about it," she said.
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