Biden thinks Manchin will vote on spending bill, Manchin says otherwise

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) the moderate Senate Democrat who completely opposes his party’s efforts to pass a staggering $1.75 trillion social spending package as it’s currently written, is clearly being targeted by the highest ranks of his party.

According to the Washington Examiner, President Joe Biden believes that Manchin will eventually cave if a statement he made during a press conference in Scotland on Tuesday is any indication. Biden, during the presser, stated, “He will vote for this,” in reference to a question asked about Manchin’s current stance. 

“I believe that Joe will be there,” Biden added.

Oh, really?

Manchin, apparently, has a different view on the matter, at least for now.

In a bombshell, five-minute press conference, Manchin on Monday made crystal clear that he’s not in favor of a spending bill that hasn’t been researched enough for anyone to know what impact it could have on a fledgling U.S. economy.

“We won’t know that until we work through the text,” the West Virginia senator said. “I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward. But I’m equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.”

Manchin added: “Every elected representative needs to know what they are voting for and the impact it has, not only on their constituents, but the entire country.”

The senator made clear that he fully supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill, adding that he believes “political games” are being played to keep it from a House vote.

Slamming progressives

According to Fox Business, Manchin also accused House Democrats — particularly the progressive wing — for essentially holding the bipartisan infrastructure deal hostage in an attempt to force both bill to be voted on, in tandem.

“As I have said before, holding this bill hostage won’t work to get my support for the reconciliation bill,” the moderate Democrat said.

He added: “I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward, but I am equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country and the American people.”

Only time will tell if Manchin holds true to his word. So far, he’s virtually the one honest Democrat in Washington D.C. who understands the devastating impact that the social spending legislation will likely have on the U.S. economy.

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