Sinema meets with Biden as bipartisan talks teeter

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President Joe Biden is getting directly involved in the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations, meeting with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the lead Democratic negotiator on the discussions, at the White House on Tuesday, according to a source familiar.

The meeting comes as the Arizona Democrat and a group of 10 senators from both parties race to wrap up the $1.2 trillion package amid stubborn disagreements on several policy areas and the bill’s financing.

And Senate Democrats are growing increasingly impatient with the bipartisan talks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday reiterated that the Senate could stay in over the weekend to wrap up the discussions.

Schumer has vowed that the Senate will pass the bipartisan package and a budget blueprint for a $3.5 trillion social spending package before the August recess. The group of 10 negotiators met Monday evening, but have yet to resolve several outstanding issues, including broadband and transit.

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