"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough asked Manchin about the dinner, which aimed to bring together a bipartisan group of lawmakers to consider how to overhaul the USA tax code. He also said the administration is considering backdating tax reform to boost the economy.
"I just can't see how it affects a spending habit of somebody that's going out to eat and it allows the municipalities to have a revenue source to offset some of their difficulties they have right now", Aresimowics said.
There is officially no tax plan, yet.
US Representative Jim Jordan, a leading House conservative, said on Sunday that fellow conservatives are not discussing replacing Speaker Paul Ryan despite unhappiness with the way Republican leaders handled last week's debt ceiling increase that included no fiscal reforms.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities was unable to calculate an estimate for the number of households in North Dakota that would benefit from eliminating the estate tax in its analysis because the number is so small.
Learning little from the experience, GOP leaders again set out to write a tax plan in secret, and as Roll Call reported late last week, it's not going especially well. According to the New York Times, some Democrats have their doubts that McConnell will follow through with his stated plan because it means two separate, potentially hard votes for the Republicans, who have not had much legislative success recently.
Mnuchin acknowledged the difficulty of passing the massive tax cuts Trump called for without ballooning the deficit. Sixty are needed to cut off debate, but under the Cruz plan, only the 51 would be needed.
Republicans hold a bare majority of seats in the upper chamber.
"Trump isn't thinking about long-term strategy", said a GOP strategist with ties to the White House.
President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning urging members of Congress to work on tax reform - and to do it quickly. He'll do the same with a group of 13 lawmakers from both parties Wednesday night.
"The most important thing Republicans can do next year is expand our Senate majority by defeating vulnerable Democrats", Chris Pack, a spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund, told The Hill. However, Democrats do want to impose a restaurant tax of 7 percent along with a hospital tax.
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress campaigned past year on a promise to slash individual and business taxes as part of a tax reform package that would also simplify the sprawling US tax code.
Trump's deal with the Democrats has frustrated some Republicans and comes at a time when the president has been publicly criticizing the GOP. Joe Donnelly and West Virginia Joe Manchin - all moderate Democrats facing re-election in 2018 - as "gettable" Democrats on an otherwise partisan legislative push to slash taxes for corporations and overhaul the system.