Punchbowl News, another political gossip thingie, has a scoop on the Trash Panda of the Senate Joe Manchin (emphasis is theirs, but the key para is the third):
This is crunch week for President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the Build Back Better Act and other key issues, including voting rights.
Biden and Manchin will speak about the BBB as early as today, a discussion that will go a long way toward deciding whether the $1.7 trillion package — the president’s top legislative priority — can be finished before Christmas or will slide into 2022.
Manchin will also meet Tuesday with a group of moderate Democrats on voting rights. Voting-rights advocates want to see if Manchin would be open to a “carve-out” to the Senate’s filibuster rule for voting rights legislation. The idea gained more urgency for voting rights advocates after the chamber approved a “one-time exception” to its rules to approve a debt-limit increase by a simple majority vote.
With so much at stake, the lobbying of Manchin from both sides is getting frantic. Schumer met with Manchin last Thursday on BBB, and other Democrats have been seeking private one-on-ones with him as well. In the past, Manchin and Schumer had a close relationship, although it has clearly frayed during the last year under the enormous strain of the 50-50 Senate.
I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but to me that sounds promising.