You can’t trust Joe Manchin, remember this could have been the plan all along. Biden proposes $3.5 trillion, let Manchin secure his position as a moderate by setting the limit of new spending at Biden’s actual goal of $1.5 trillion. While $1.5 is less damaging than $3.5, it’s still much too high.

Via Fox Business

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that he would not support “spending trillions more” on social programs, highlighting an ongoing dispute between the moderate Democrat and party leaders that threatens to derail negotiations on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending

In a lengthy statement on the negotiations, Manchin said he has “made clear to the President and Democratic leaders” that it would be the “definition of fiscal insanity” to greenlight more spending despite funding shortages for social security and Medicare. Manchin also cited concerns about the potential impact to inflation and the shaky U.S. economic recovery.

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“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. “There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.”

The Left, which is demanding that Congress pass the full $3.5 trillion spending bill, was having none of it. “Progressives won’t back down on delivering paid leave, education, health care, child care, and climate action because of an arbitrary deadline,” said Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state. “We’re sticking to our deal and delivering for the people.”

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