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Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal

 Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal
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President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE will meet Tuesday with Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (D-Ariz.) at the White House, their first one-on-one, face-to-face meeting since Biden took office as he courts support among moderate lawmakers for his infrastructure proposal.

The two will discuss Biden's American Jobs Plan and ongoing negotiations on the package in Congress, the White House said.

Biden's meeting with Sinema comes one day after he met with fellow moderate Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (W.Va.), as well as Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDemocrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Senate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices MORE (Del.), the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. 

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Sinema, alongside Manchin, is a critical vote for Senate Democrats to secure if they are to move forward with Biden's $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan, which calls for investments in roads, bridges, ports and broadband, as well as climate-friendly industries and long-term care workers.

The Arizona senator has pushed back on certain progressive priorities, such as altering or ending the legislative filibuster in the Senate or passing a $15 minimum wage.

The meeting with Sinema is one of several Biden will have this week as the White House seeks a path forward on the infrastructure bill. Biden will host Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday for talks on his agenda.

The president will then meet Thursday with Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale In Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership Antsy Democrats warn of infrastructure time crunch MORE (R-W.Va.) and a cadre of other Republican senators to specifically discuss infrastructure. Republicans have balked at Biden's proposal to pay for the package with corporate tax increases, while offering a smaller bill that could be paid for with user fees.

Despite the gaps in negotiations, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Macron huddle on sidelines of G7 summit Biden to host Germany's Merkel at the White House in July Psaki 'likely will stay longer' than year as White House press secretary MORE said Monday the president would still like to see progress on an infrastructure bill by Memorial Day.