Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said on Thursday that the Democrats need to adopt a “strategic suspension” before considering a $3.5 trillion bill aimed at furthering President Joe Biden’s agenda.
“Instead of rushing to spend trillions of dollars on new government programs and additional stimulus funds, Congress should suspend the strategy on budget settlement legislation,” Manchin, considered by many to be the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, wrote in an article Wrote in.for Wall Street Journal“The suspension is necessary because it will make the trajectory of the pandemic clearer and allow us to determine whether inflation is temporary.”
He added: “Although some people have suggested that this settlement legislation must be passed now, I believe that making budget decisions within artificial political deadlines will never lead to good policies or reasonable decisions. I always say if I can’t explain , I can’t vote, and I can’t explain why my Democratic colleagues are eager to spend $3.5 trillion.”
Manchin also wrote that he opposed the timetable set by the top Democrats to try to pass this huge bill through a settlement, which requires a simple majority to pass and bypass the obstruction bill.
The West Virginia congressman further elaborated that because of concerns about inflation and rising commodity prices, he could not agree to a plan “at or anywhere near the level of additional spending” without carefully assessing the economy.
Manchin also reiterated that he does not approve of some Democrats’ proposals to pay for this expenditure, including the plan previously supported by the White House to increase the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. The senator had previously approved a 25% corporate tax rate.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) also publicly stated that she opposed the $3.5 trillion spending level, and Republicans also unanimously opposed the plan.
About a week ago, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives convened an emergency meeting and approved the budget resolution, which was mainly supported by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). All 212 Republicans voted against advancing the budget, while all 220 Democrats voted for advancing the budget.
In response to Manchin and Republicans’ concerns about increasing the national debt, House Budget Chairman John Yarmut (Kentucky Democrat) said at a recent committee hearing that the federal government has the ability to do as much as possible on this measure. expenditure.
“The federal government is not a family. It is not a small business. And it is not a local government. And it is not a state government,” Yarmuth said. “In order to serve the American people, we can spend any money we need to spend.”
Although the House of Representatives passed this measure, the Senate Democrats only had 51 votes, including Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaker, which means they cannot afford even a single betrayal to pass the budget bill.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times