Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will not support the $ 3.5 trillion price tag for the economic bill that would expand the nation’s social safety net and that “there is no way” Congress can comply with the law. timing set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass it.
“(Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer) won’t get my vote on $ 3.5 (trillion) and Chuck knows it, and we talked about it,” West Virginia senator told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State. of the Union “.
“We have already allocated $ 5.4 trillion and have tried to help Americans in any way we can and much of the help we have provided is still there and will be clear until next year, 2022. So what’s the urgency? What is the urgency that we have? It is not the same urgency that we had with the American Rescue Plan. We got it out the door quickly. It was about $ 2 trillion. “
The spending bill proposed by President Joe Biden and his allies in Congress spreads spending over 10 years over the Covid stimulus plans Manchin referred to, which were more immediate cash injections.
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