Manu Raju

Manu Raju

Senior Congressional Correspondent, @CNN. Prowling the Capitol halls, covering the Hill and politics. Die-hard Chicago sports fan. Wisconsin Badger for life.

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NEWS: “I don’t think we are going to be able to get the vote,” Biden says at CNN townhall of tax rate hikes on corporations and individuals. This comes amid Sinema’s opposition. Says they are looking at other ways to raise revenue to pay for package.

House Ways and Means Chairman Neal met with Kyrsten Sinema today. He said they had a "cordial conversation" and impressed upon her his view on corporate and individual tax increases. "She listened to what I had to say. She didn't say no, she just listened to what I had to say."

Herrera Beutler, who voted to impeach, is a YES. That’s nine Rs so far who voted for Bannon contempt resolution

Biden says Sinema is “very supportive” of family care, his environmental agenda. BUT “she says she will not raise a single penny of taxes on the corporate side and/or on wealthy people. Period. That’s where it sort of breaks down,” he says on CNN. Says they are down 4-5 issues

Biden says if he makes a push now to change filibuster rules, “I lose at least three votes” to get his larger economic agenda done. Also says there will “be an awful lot of Democrats” who would be open to changing filibuster to raise the debt limit.

Returning from the WH, Pelosi says a deal is “very possible” but acknowledges outstanding issues such as health care. Won’t commit to a vote next week. When asked if Sinema and Manchin are on board, “That’s up to the Senate and the White House to decide,” she told us


NEWS: Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn't attend "due to the ongoing public health emergency." But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC

Trump, who tweeted yesterday he canceled his NJ trip to ensure "LAW & ORDER is enforced,” just arrived at his Virginia golf club. It's the 271st time he has been at one of his golf clubs and 363rd time at one of his properties in his presidency, per CNN tally

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases The bill passed 415-2

AOC says of MTG: “I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time.”

The six senators who voted to block debate on bill aimed at targeting hate crimes against Asian-Americans. Cotton (R-AR) Cruz (R-TX) Hawley (R-MO) Marshall (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Tuberville (R-AL)

Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican facing a difficult election race, lashed out when I asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the Senate trial. “You’re a liberal hack - I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.” She then walked into a hearing room.