Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) isn’t budging for anyone – the $3.5 trillion dollar reconciliation bill is still a no-go.
“I cannot accept our economy or basically our society moving toward an entitlement mentality, that you’re entitled,” Manchin told reporters. “I’m more of rewarding because I can help those who really need help if those who can help themselves do so.”
Manchin previously called the bill “fiscal insanity.”
“What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity, Manchin said in a statement. Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax.”
“ I cannot – and will not – support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces.”