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Moderate senator could derail Biden’s spending plan


Sen. Joe Manchin Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Moderate senator could derail Biden’s spending plan

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday the federal government has already pumped more than $5 trillion dollars into the economy since the start of the pandemic, and now is not the time to spend more. “You have 11 million jobs that aren’t filled right now, 8 million people are still unemployed,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Something's not matching up. Don’t you think we ought to hit pause and find out?”

What happens now? In the evenly divided Senate, Democrats cannot pass the spending package without Manchin’s vote. He said he might support a spending plan in the $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion dollar range, but definitely not the $3.5 trillion President Joe Biden has requested. He also said while he supports raising corporate taxes to a degree, he’s concerned the tax hikes as outlined in the proposal would make the United States less globally competitive.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about Manchin’s political power in the Senate.


Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.

@kentcovington

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Big Jim

I predict West Virginia scores big in whatever spending bill finally passes.

SJS

It is all political posturing. Manchin loves it. He will cave. They aren't in this for our welfare.

FIMIKISJS

Motives are rarely pure, but I don't perceive Manchin as a poser. His instincts are towards liberalism, which is why he's a Democrat, but he's repeatedly said how frustrated he is by the utter lack of regard many in his party have for the concerns of the other side. I'm not pinning my hopes on him by any means, but it's good to see there's at least of few sensible folks remaining on the left who aren't running full steam ahead towards a progressive utopia.