The day marked a rare detente between Democrats' moderate and progressive wings that party leaders hope will continue this fall.
The US economy was supposed to help President Joe Biden and Democrats, but as of late it's been hurting them with voters.
Biden failed in his original goal of securing a vote in Congress, where Democrats hold a razor-thin majority, before going to Rome for meetings with Pope Francis and G20 leaders.
Manchin refused to budge, the West Virginia centrist holding fast to his earlier declaration that he was willing to meet the president less than halfway — $1.5 trillion.
There are majorities for three more or less plausible new coalition governments, and it could take weeks or months to put a new administration in place.
The Greens made significant gains to finish 3rd but fell far short of their original aim of taking the chancellery, while the Free Democrats improved slightly on a good result from 2017.
The Social Democrats' candidate Olaf Scholz said that the outcome was 'a very clear mandate to ensure now that we put together a good, pragmatic government for Germany'.
Biden wants to restore the middle class to the epicenter of economic growth, but do so without worsening the national debt or raising taxes on people earning less than $400,000 a year.
The Democrats hoped the immigration changes would cover Dreamers brought to the US as children, people affected by conflicts or natural disasters in their home countries.
The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers in the city's legislature during elections in December, as well as elect the Hong Kong leader during polls in March next year.
The race to replace Angela Merkel has boiled down to a competition between Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz of the centre-left Social Democrats and Armin Laschet of Merkel's CDU-CSU conservative alliance.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to not seek another term set up the first election since West Germany's inaugural vote, in 1949, in which there is no incumbent seeking re-election.
Things started to go wrong for Laschet in mid-July, when deadly floods struck western Germany -- including North Rhine-Westphalia, where he is state premier.
The candidates' reluctance underscores the risky politics of investigating the president for "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Democrats have seized most recently on Kavanaugh's indignant, emotional testimony before the Judiciary Committee to question whether he has the temperament for a lifetime appointment.