Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports Democrats passing their own reconciliation infrastructure bill without Republican votes.
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Sen. Joe Manchin supports a Democratic-only reconciliation bill on infrastructure, which means that Republican hopes of stopping the Biden agenda have been likely dashed. pic.twitter.com/6fTABwzMI7
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 29, 2021
Sen. Manchin told MSNBC‘s Stephanie Ruhle when asked if he would not vote for a second bill through reconciliation if the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes.
No, I don’t think that at all. There’s a need in both. Social adjustments to help working families survive, prosper, maybe attain the American dream, it should never be a dream that died and gone away, the American dream gets us up and works every day, hard as we do. Give them a chance. We know we need adjustments. Saying I am not voting for the other because you haven’t guaranteed a vote, we have never done legislation that way, never been part of it in ten years I have been in the Senate, let’s work the legislation the way it will be presented.
Let’s make sure it goes through the process, make sure it goes to the committees, comes back to the floor and work it. If no Republicans which I don’t think we will have on the second one, not assuming that, but I heard them speak, then we have to work it through reconciliation, which I agreed that can be done. I haven’t agreed on the amount because I haven’t seen everything everybody wants to put into the bill.
If all of the Democrats with using reconciliation and Manchin’s endorsement of the process suggests that they are, then Mitch McConnell has no chance of stopping Democrats from passing a second bill with Biden’s agenda and priorities in it.
McConnell has been issuing threats and trying to stop Democrats from passing the second bill through reconciliation, but in practical terms, there is nothing that he can do.,
The biggest discussion between Democrats will be what gets included in the bill and how much it will cost, but there is going to be a second infrastructure bill that will be passed through reconciliation.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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