WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Friday during a conference call he continues to focus only on infrastructure in the proposed $2.3 trillion American Families Plan and the GOP’s $568 billion alternative is a “good starting point” for negotiation.
But Manchin also expressed concern about a growing national debt that he says must be reined in.
Pres. Joe Biden delivered a “good speech” to Congress Wednesday night, Manchin said, and a “welcome” one for the public, setting a positive tone and pledging to work together.
However, the President’s overall total of a $6 trillion agenda is a cost “difficult to comprehend.”
That price tag is one of the primary reasons this latest plan presents a major problem, Manchin said, although he has not nailed down an acceptable figure, suggesting around $1trillion, depending on what compromises will be reached…