Schumer 'hopeful' spending framework can be reached Wednesday

Schumer 'hopeful' spending framework can be reached Wednesday
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerProgressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law Biden should seek some ideological diversity MORE (D-N.Y.) said he is “hopeful” that Democrats and the White House can reach a deal on a spending framework by the end of the day, though he acknowledged that sticking points remain.

“An agreement is within arm’s length and we are hopeful that we can come to a framework agreement by the end of today,” Schumer said.

But "we must continue working a little more to make sure it is the best deal possible for the American people,” Schumer added.

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Schumer’s comments come as Democrats hope to get a deal on their spending framework before President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE leaves for Rome, allowing him to tout the details while on the international stage.

But Democrats still have several unresolved issues that they need to iron out before they can reach an agreement.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE (D-W.Va.) is raising concerns over a so-called billionaires tax that would target unrealized gains.

“I don’t like the connotation that were targeting different people,” Manchin told reporters on Wednesday.

But Manchin told reporters that Democrats should “absolutely” be able to reach a framework on Wednesday.

Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden should seek some ideological diversity Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin MORE (D-Ariz.) are meeting with White House officials in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLiberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student Five Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Va.) also hasn’t blessed the proposal from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate parliamentarian looms over White House spending bill Democrats push tax credits to bolster clean energy Five reasons for concern about Democrats' drug price control plan MORE (D-Ore.).

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandEx-officials voice deep concerns over new Pentagon UFO unit Paid leave advocates ramping up the pressure on Manchin and Schumer Gillibrand, bipartisan lawmakers push to keep military justice overhaul in NDAA MORE (D-N.Y.) is still trying to get Manchin’s backing for a paid leave program.

And Democrats are still negotiating over expanding Medicare and Medicaid.

Schumer, on Wednesday, said that he supports a push by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE (I-Vt.) to get Medicare expansion to cover vision, hearing and dental into the package as well as a drug pricing plan. Sanders has said their inclusion are red lines for him, though he’s facing pushback from moderates.

“I am working especially hard to strengthen Medicare and make prescription drugs more affordable. Sen. Sanders has worked hard to push for many of these Medicare provisions and I support them,” Schumer said.