In a September 13 interview, Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) dismissed the reconciliation process being used to push the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget bill.
Under the budget reconciliation process created in the 1970s, some bills related to federal revenue and spending could only be passed through the Senate with a simple majority. The move allows these bills, whose contents must be approved by a Senate MP, to avoid death by filibuster in the Senate, giving the majority party the upper hand.
Although initially created by Congress as a way to take back budget power from perceived executive overreach by President Richard Nixon, the scope of the budget reconciliation process has been dramatically expanded, which was used during 2010 to pass some of the most controversial bills. to be done.
For example, Democrats used budget reconciliation to pass the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare.” The bill passed without any Republican support, and repealing the law became one of the top priorities for the 2012 and 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
Republicans also don’t shy away from using the controversial process. In 2017, the party that controls both houses of Congress used it to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The law notably cut corporate tax rates, bringing them from the 35 percent flat rate to the 21 percent flat rate. The bill was passed in either house without any democratic or independent support.
Democrats’ ongoing effort to take advantage of the controversial process is only the latest controversial bill.
Manchin, a liberal who describes himself as “a conservative Democrat”, has long been notorious among progressive Democrats. Because of his modest one-vote lead in the Senate, Democrats can only get some of their top-priority policies passed with Manchin’s support—but in many cases, Manchin has not bound the party, instead sometimes Republicans. vote with. The senator has long emphasized the importance of bipartisanship and was a key element in gaining Republican support for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate.
But Manchin is far less enthusiastic about the Democratic budget reconciliation bill penned by progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Before the Senate goes on its August recess, Munchkin agreed to move Sanders’ bill out of committee “out of respect”. [his] allies,” but insisted at the time that he was not making any promises to vote on the bill when it comes back to the upper house.
Since then, Manchin has taken a definite stance against the bill, writing in the Wall Street Journal opinion that he would not support the bill.
He called for a “strategic pause” on the bill, and encouraged his party to take time to consider the long-term effects of such an elaborate legislation before pushing it through Congress. Munchkin wrote, “I, for one, would not support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without much clarity on why Congress would choose to ignore the serious implications.” And there is debt on existing government programs.”
Munchkin concluded the article with this warning: “At a time of profound political and policy division, it would be good for us to remember that members of Congress take an oath of allegiance to this nation and to its Constitution, not To any political party. By putting a strategic pause on this budgetary proposal, by reducing the size of any potential reconciliation bill to only what America can afford and needs to spend, we can create a better and better life for all of our families. can build a strong nation.
Now, Munchkin has come out not only against the dangers of this piece of legislation but also against the dangers of the budget reconciliation process.
In a video segment of a September 13 interview on Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval that Manchin posted Twitter, he discussed why he found the process distasteful.
“We have already taken out $5.4 trillion. And the amount of money we voted on… all has been heavily bipartisan,” Manchin said while stressing several comprehensive CCP (Communist Party of China) virus relief packages.
“So if we could spend the $5.4 trillion that we all needed, and vote on that together, how? [the Democratic budget bill] becomes one who has to be pushed down in reconciliation?
“The spending should be done, basically, in a process that we have: going through committees, debating this on the floor,” Manchin said. “When you go for reconciliation there is very little of that because you only need the party with the majority to vote for it.”
Manchin also emphasized that he has been against it long before the most current use of the process: “I didn’t vote in 2017 for the tax cuts that the Trump administration finally brought in. We We’re working bipartisan until the end and thought we had a very reasonable approach to what adjustments should be made to keep our country competitive.” After pulling out the budget reconciliation process, Manchin said Said Republicans “went too far.”
Turning to a more recent example of bipartisanship, the infrastructure bill backed by 19 Senate Republicans, Manchin emphasized its importance compared to the Democrats’ spending package.
“The most urgent requirement we have right now is that the House pass a bipartisan rigid infrastructure [bill],” Munchkin explained. The package, he continued, was “roads, bridges, water, sewer, internet – all things that have been unattended for 30 years. Deferred maintenance is untrue. “
Munchkin wrote on Twitter, ‘any more expenses’ [beyond the infrastructure bill] don’t be hasty [and] should be considered on a bipartisan basis.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times