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U.S. Senator Manchin’s stand on Build Back Better consistent with history as fiscal hawk

By Steven Allen Adams, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia’s lone Democrat on Capitol Hill, has held the line on the cost of a multi-trillion dollar “human infrastructure” and social spending bill whose contents appear to change daily, but those who remain critical of Manchin ignore his long history as a fiscal conservative.

As of Thursday, President Joe Biden and White House officials were working Manchin and Arizona Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to get them to accept a $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package — down from the $6 billion when first pitched as the American Families Plan and down from the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

“President Biden’s framework is the product of months of negotiations and input from all members of the Democratic Party who share a common goal to deliver for the American people,” Manchin said in a statement Thursday.

Manchin supported the resolution in August to start the process of negotiating what will be in the reconciliation package — a process that gets around the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. While only needing all 50 Democratic senators and Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie, the reconciliation process makes Manchin and Sinema the most powerful two senators in the caucus…

To read more: https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/local-news/2021/10/manchins-stand-on-build-back-better-consistent-with-history-as-fiscal-hawk/

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