Look at this. That ‘moderate’ W. Virginia Democrat may not be so moderate after all.
The Joe who’s running the show on negotiations over President Biden’s push for $3.5 trillion in taxpayer-funded social spending, Sen. Joe Manchin, signaled Tuesday he might soften his hardline stance on voting for no more than $1.5 trillion for the Democratic package.
“Well I’m not ruling anything out, but the bottom line is I want to make sure that we strategically do the right job and we don’t basically add more to the concerns we have right now,” Manchin told reporters when asked if he would consider a range of $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
– Read more at the NY Post
Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat who is blocking a massive social welfare spending passage, said he would consider raising the cost of the measure from his proclaimed limit of $1.5 trillion to as high as $2.2 trillion in order to reach a compromise that can satisfy party lawmakers in both chambers.
Manchin told reporters in the Capitol he won’t rule out a measure that costs between $1.9 trillion and $2.2 trillion, which is the range President Joe Biden recommended to House Democrats in a closed-door session last week.