Manchin frustrates Democrats with latest outburst

Its. Joe manchinJoe Manchin White House Unveils Strategy for 2050 Net Zero Goal Biden Triggers High-Risk Fight Over Spending Framework Buttigieg Twins Dress Up as ‘Twin Infrastructure’ for Halloween MORE (DW.Va.) on Monday refused to pass a $ 1.75 billion climate and social spending measure in the heart of President BidenJoe Biden White House reveals strategy for net zero goal by 2050 Southwest investigation report Pilot said ‘Let’s Brandon’ in flight House Rules Committee will not meet Monday on reconciliation package MOREoff the economic agenda, ruining plans for a quick House vote this week.

Manchin accused the Democratic authors of the ambitious framework of using “shell games and budget tricks” to mask “the real cost” of the legislation that, according to him, could end up being “double” what was announced if their programs are expanded.

He called media reports that claim he privately supports the White House framework as “mischaracterizations” and warned that he would not sign until he fully understood how complex legislation will affect an economy already filled with trillions of dollars. federal stimulus dollars.

He declared that he would not vote on any bill without “fully understanding the impact it will have on our national debt” and warned of the risk of “harming American families suffering from historic inflation.”

Manchin also called out House progressives who are delaying the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that he helped negotiate in the upper house. He insisted that holding the bill hostage would not make him more likely to accept a larger reconciliation bill.

His words had a chilling effect on fellow Democrats who expected Manchin to be more of a team player.

“I say sometime close the deal,” said the Senate Democratic Whip. Dick durbinDick DurbinBiden sparks high-stakes fight over Manchin spending framework, Sinema put stamp on party, to progressive chagrin, Manchin notes he will support .75T price tag for MORE spending plan (D-Ill.) He said with a small exasperated sigh when the reporters asked him about Manchin’s comments.

Its. Mazie hironoMazie Keiko Hirono Democrats face women’s ire over loss of paid leave Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines Democrats face critical 72 hours MORE (D-Hawaii) also expressed growing impatience and frustration.

“I’d like to ask Joe Manchin, ‘You know what, Joe, we really need to move.’ … I don’t think we’re moving too fast,” he said.

Hirono made it clear that she is not happy with Manchin clinging to Republican talking points on rising inflation and that investing in social priorities like expanding Medicare and paying for family leave would risk creating fiscal disaster down the road. .

“What do you think I think? I think it sucks, ”Hirono said of Manchin’s criticism.

Its. Jon testerJonathan (Jon) TesterBiden’s proposed reconciliation framework eliminates clean electricity program, methane tariff White House tries to close deal with Manchin, Sinema Democrats ready to end protracted talks MORE (D-Mont.) He said he thought it was a mistake that the House did not pass the infrastructure bill, but that Manchin also made a mistake.

“Of course, but I think Joe made a mistake today by going out and doing this press conference,” he said.

Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Bernie sandersBernie SandersHouse Rules Committee not meeting Monday on reconciliation package Biden triggers high-stakes fight over spending framework Officials and lawmakers express optimism that infrastructure and voting spending are close MORE (I-Vt.) He did not directly name Manchin, but rejected his comments, arguing that the spending plan will be paid for in full. He also noted that the Manchin-backed infrastructure bill would add to the deficit, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

“If there is anyone in the Democratic caucus or elsewhere who is concerned about fiscal responsibility and the deficit, the fact is … according to the CBO, the infrastructure bill runs into a deficit of $ 250 billion. . You don’t pay, ”Sanders said.

“The legislation that I want passed… is paid for in full. It will not have an impact on inflation, ”added Sanders. “So if we are talking about fiscal responsibility, I think what we are trying to do with the reconciliation bill is the right thing to do.”

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) Said he was baffled by Manchin’s claim that the bill is full of “shell games and budget tricks.”

“Certainly that’s not the impression I get,” he said.

Manchin’s televised remarks on Monday afternoon came at an awkward time for President Biden, who at the time was meeting with other world leaders at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where he wanted to tout progress on Congress to make historic new investments in the fight against the climate. change.

Manchin has repeatedly been a stumbling block to Senate Democrats and an irritation to House progressives.

He refused to agree to include paid family leave in the bill and also opposed other key party priorities, such as expanding Medicare. The bill costs only $ 1.75 trillion because Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden sparks high-level dispute over spending framework Officials and lawmakers express optimism that infrastructure and voting spending is close to Buttigieg in passing spending packages: ‘We are the closest we’ve ever been’ MORE (D-Ariz.) He opposed the $ 3.5 trillion price tag lit green under the budget resolution earlier this year.

At the same time, it was unclear what impediment Manchin’s latest remarks represented.

Its. Brian honeyBrian Emanuel Schatz Climate advocates set their sights on Wall Street To sustain humanity, COP26 must lead both climate and biodiversity Democrats fight to sell Biden plan amid dispute MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted in response to Manchin: “Nothing that was said was exactly new. The tone alarmed people, but nothing has changed substantially. ”

House and White House progressives immediately downplayed the impact of Manchin’s comments, predicting that all 50 Democrats would be on board when needed.

“We remain confident that the plan will win the support of Senator Manchin,” said the White House press secretary. Jen psakiJen Psaki Psaki from White House Tests Positive for COVID-19 Should we surrender to China now to end this? First aid unions resist COVID-19 mandates for frontline workers MORE, arguing that the bill being negotiated will meet Manchin’s red lines both in fighting inflation and not increasing debt.

House leaders and key members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said they are moving forward with voting on both the social spending bill and the infrastructure package in a matter of days.

“Democrats hope to pass the Better Reconstruction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework for the People,” Speaker of the House Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden sparks high-stakes dispute over spending framework Biden expresses confidence that the national agenda will be approved by the end of the week Are ‘Baptists’ or ‘smugglers’ making the decisions in the debate on the EV tax credit ? PLUS (D-Calif.) He said in a statement that he did not directly mention Manchin.

Schumer declined to answer several questions about Manchin’s press conference, instead directing reporters to his written comments in the Senate where he seemed optimistic about the way forward.

“We are still talking and working on important details and making good progress, and I want to thank all my colleagues for their diligence, their experience and their commitment to achieve something,” Schumer said in the Senate.

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