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Key centrist Tester will vote to proceed to $3.5T budget deal | TheHill – The Hill

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Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterKey Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee  Senate Democrats hit speedbumps with big spending plans Bipartisan Senate group to finalize infrastructure bill this week MORE (D-Mont.), a key Senate centrist, said Wednesday he will vote to proceed to a budget resolution that includes a $3.5 trillion spending target for President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Texas family arrested for role in Capitol riot Key Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee  MORE’s priorities.

“The price tag is a lot of money but it doesn’t scare me, it’s just how it’s being spent. There are plenty of needs out there, we just have to figure out how it’s being spent,” he said.

Asked if he would vote for the Senate budget resolution, Tester said: “I’m going to vote to proceed on the $3.5 [trillion] then we’ve got to get more meat on the bones on how it’s being spent.”

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Tester’s support for taking up the budget deal is a win for Biden who will meet with Senate Democrats at lunch Wednesday to sell his infrastructure agenda.

Earlier in the day, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Key Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee  On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team MORE (D-W.Va.), another pivotal centrist, said he’s open to the $3.5 trillion budget deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAcknowledging few options at home, Texas Democrats urge congressional action Scott sets July deadline for passing police reform The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Texas Dems flee to Washington MORE (D-N.Y.) and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Senate Democrats hit speedbumps with big spending plans Bipartisan Senate group to finalize infrastructure bill this week MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday evening.

“We’re anxious to basically review it. They worked hard on it, we want to see it. Also I’ve been very clear that I want to see the pay-fors and make sure that whatever we do is globally competitive,” Manchin told reporters Wednesday.

“I’m open to looking at everything they provide. OK? They’re going to have to provide all the information that’s going to be needed,” he added. “They worked hard, they should have a proposal.”

Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Key Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee  Democrats under new pressure to break voting rights stalemate MORE (D-Ariz.), another important centrist who is leading discussions on a scaled-down bipartisan infrastructure package, which would cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, is reviewing the new Senate Democratic budget deal.

“Kyrsten is committed to working with her colleagues and the administration on ways to create jobs and expand economic opportunities in Arizona and communities across the country. Those conversations are ongoing and she will give careful consideration to any idea that can strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona families get ahead,” said a spokesman for her office.

Sinema will be reviewing the substance of the budget proposal, the details of which had yet to be shared with her office as of Wednesday morning. 

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