Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) announced ahead of a Thursday vote in the House on a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill that he does not support “trillions” in spending increases on social programs that will be paid for with huge tax increases.
“While I am hopeful that common ground can be found that would result in another historic investment in our nation, I cannot — and will not — support trillions in spending or an all-or-nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces,” Manchin said in a statement Thursday. “There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.”
Manchin has objected to progressive Democrats’ insistence that the bipartisan bill be linked to the success of a much larger $3.5 trillion bill, which he does not support.
The $1 trillion bill has already advanced in the Senate and can be passed without any Republican votes if all Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris vote for it. Similarly, the $3.5 trillion bill is being advanced through budget reconciliation, which allows Democrats to vote on it without triggering the filibuster.
Literally, Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who also refuses to vote for the huge spending bill, are the only people standing between the U.S. and another $4.5 trillion in debt that it really cannot afford.
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