Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said Sunday he would not support the cost of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
why it matters: The plan includes several “soft” infrastructure priorities, such as an expanded child tax credit and paid medical leave. In the 50-50 Senate, Munchkin’s vote is crucial for passing legislation.
big picture: Asked to respond to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s intention to move “full speed ahead” with the package, Manchin said on CNN.state of the Union“That” I won’t have my vote on $3.5 (trillion) and Chuck knows this, and we’ve talked about it.
- “We’ve already put in $5.4 trillion and we’ve tried to help Americans in every way that we can and the help we’ve done is still there and it’s clearly going to go through next year, 2022. So what is the urgency?” He asked.
- “My limitation is this: the need of the American people and inflation for us to take into account,” he said, also raising concerns about the country’s debt.
- Nerdshala reported earlier this week that Munchkin is ready to support a $1.5 trillion package, significantly narrowing the scope of Biden’s “build back better” agenda.