The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Joe Manchin (D-WV), will attend on Jan.
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Senator Joe Manchin said Sunday he would not vote on the $ 3.5 trillion budget, adding that there is “no way” to meet the September 27 deadline set by the Democrats during an interview Comply with CNN’s “State of the Union”.
“If we do our job, we can’t do it by the 27th,” said the West Virginia Democrat.
Manchin’s comments come as lawmakers work to approve the measure, which would invest in climate change policies and expand welfare programs, including childcare and health care, without the support of Republicans who opposed the proposed tax hikes to finance.
Last month, Manchin voted to pass the resolution, though he said he would likely be against the final bill if lawmakers didn’t cut costs. Last week, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told CNN that Manchin was “very persuasive”.
Manchin did not respond to repeated questions about an ideal price tag for the bill, but said the urgency for the bill was “not the same” as the American bailout plan.
“We have already spent $ 5.4 trillion trying to help the Americans in every possible way, and much of the help we have provided there is still there and will be clear by next year. 2022. So what is the urgency? What’s the urgency we have? It’s not the same urgency that we had with the American bailout plan, “he said.
The American rescue plan, which was signed by President Biden in March, included in part additional stimulus payments for many households, financing for the manufacture and distribution of vaccines, and an increase in federal unemployment benefits.
In a comment for the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, Manchin called for a “strategic pause” to move the plan forward. He signaled that Democrats must work for his vote and cited concerns about the impact of inflation and debt on existing government programs.
Manchins also responded to comments from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who tweeted earlier this month that there would be “no infrastructure bill without the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.”
“… I never thought that the progress we are making on legislation is basically one hostage over the other,” said Manchin in “This Week”.