Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) declared on Sunday that he will not be voting in favor of Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5T social spending and infrastructure package. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) snarled that Biden’s decision was “absolutely not acceptable.”
Manchin noted that the $3.5T package could be lowered to $1.5T, citing concerns regarding the national debt ceiling and persistent unemployment.
However, Sanders is not at all in favor of lowering the price tag.
In an appearance on CNN over the weekend, Sanders proclaimed, “I don’t think it’s acceptable to the president, to the American people, or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the Democratic Caucus.”
However, Manchin has stood firm in his resolve, proclaiming Biden won’t have his vote on $3.5T, and he also added that Schumer was aware of his position. Manchin also pointed out that the nation has already “put out $5.4 trillion,” with much of the help “still there,” running well into 2022.
Nonetheless, Sanders is still incensed at Manchin’s position, including Manchin’s questions regarding the high level of “urgency” surrounding the bill. According to Sanders, the Democrats originally pitched $6T, so he perceives $3.5T as reasonable.
Sanders also added that the real “urgency” is that the nation is one in which “the largest corporations” and “the wealthiest people” are doing “phenomenally well,” whereas “working-class people are struggling” all over the nation in terms of healthcare.
“You got 90 million people uninsured or underinsured,” Sanders proclaimed.
On his part, Manchin advocates a $1.5T bill, which also increased fears regarding increasing taxes. Manchin also called out Trump’s 2017 tax plan as weighted in favor of wealthier Americans.
Manchin has called for Democrats to “hit a strategic pause” regarding the proposed $3.5T spending, especially in light of rising inflation and the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal. Additionally, this plan would also add an additional $1.75T to the federal deficit in the next decade.