Manchin Says Virginia’s ‘Incredible’ Results Validate Spending Package Concerns

Centrist Sen. Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Biden seeks to tackle methane Biden rallies nations to reduce methane emissions Democrats give Manchin warning about lack of progress on spending bill MORE (DW.Va.), who has slowed negotiations on a massive $ 1.75 trillion reconciliation package, says “incredible” Republican victories in Virginia state elections Tuesday validate its concerns about inflation and approval. of the Rebuild Better Act too quickly in Congress.

Manchin said the victory of Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in a state that President BidenJoe Biden Five Takeaways from a Bleak Night for Democrats Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race Michelle Wu Chosen as Boston’s First Mayor MORE won by 10 points in 2020 also underscores the need for the House to pass the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which progressives are putting up with.

“It’s amazing to see what happened in Virginia and not just from the gubernatorial race, but to the end of that ballot, there has been a good turnaround,” said Manchin, expressing his amazement at the Republican victories in the gubernatorial races, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.

He warned that his fellow Democrats should take Tuesday’s election results as a warning and proceed more carefully with the reconciliation package than the Senate Majority Leader. Charles schumerChuck Schumer: First Openly Lesbian Judge Confirmed in Federal Circuit Court Republican Senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over military Schumer announces deal to cut prescription drug prices MORE (DN.Y.) and Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) Are rushing to get through ASAP.

“You can read a lot in all of that last night. I think it should be a call for all of us to be more attentive to people at home, ”said Manchin, who also noted that the gubernatorial race in New Jersey, a solidly Democratic state, was still too close to call from the beginning. Wednesday.

“I’ve been saying this for many, many months, people have concerns, people are concerned,” he said, repeating his concerns about federal spending driving inflation and hurting voters in West Virginia and other rural areas.

“And for us to go down a path that we have been going and try to speed it up and it has slowed down, I think we need to take our time and do it right,” he added.

Schumer, Pelosi and other Democrats are fighting to get the reconciliation bill, which includes a number of social spending priorities, such as federal childcare assistance and expanded pre-kindergarten, completed by the Day of Action. thanks.

Democratic leaders plan to pass it without any Republican support under special budget reconciliation rules that allow them to bypass a Senate filibuster.

But Manchin said the Republican victories in Virginia and the close race in New Jersey are calling that strategy into question.

“We have a divided country that needs to be united and cannot unite simply by doing it through a one-party system,” he warned.

When asked if the White House is listening to that message, Manchin replied, “I hope so.”

Some Democrats, like Sens. Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine Democrats face monster December collision Biden triggers high-stakes fight over spending framework Manchin says he will support .75T price tag for MORE spending plan (D-Va.) And Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor Heinrich Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods, and Tiger Cubs The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden, Democrats move closer to legislative settlement Glasgow Summit raises stakes for the Biden deal MORE (DN.M.), are saying that slow progress on the Build Back Better Act, which in turn has delayed passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, hurt Democrats in Virginia.

But Manchin says he does not support speeding up negotiations on the broader reconciliation package just because of political setbacks. He says it is a message to slow things down.

“I get it,” he said when asked about his colleagues arguing that Democrats should pick up the pace in the wake of Virginia’s race. “We just have a difference of agreement on that.”

Manchin cautioned that voters are especially concerned about the prospects of major tax increases being included in the reconciliation bill, although Biden and the bill’s authors insist the tax increases will not affect people who win. less than $ 400,000 a year.

Manchin said people outside of Washington are nervous because the negotiation on the tax side of the bill has been conducted mostly in secret.

“We are talking about renewing the entire tax code. That is mammoth. We have not had hearings, we have not had open hearings, “he said. “They are scared to death.”

He argued that House Democrats should immediately pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he helped negotiate and which the Senate passed this summer.

“The House really needs to pass the infrastructure bill. That’s something that’s proven, ”he said, adding that the legislation has broad bipartisan support and will bring an estimated $ 6 billion in federal assistance to West Virginia.

He said Democratic leaders cannot ignore people’s concerns about overspending and inflation and try to offset it by pouring federal money into new social programs.

“We need to be aware of that. We can’t just say, look, we can do this, this and this and he will take care of that. We have to be very careful,” he said.

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