Manchin doubles down, accuses progressives of holding infrastructure bill ‘hostage’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) took a public stand Monday on where he is with regard to two pieces of legislation that Democrats, including President Joe Biden, desperately want to be passed.

According to Fox News, the moderate Democratic senator delivered an announcement in which he not only reassured the American public that he’s not on board with the $3.5 trillion social spending legislation, but he also accused the progressive wing of his party of holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill “hostage.”

Manchin also made clear that only when the legislation has been thoroughly researched will he begin to decide whether or not to throw his political weight behind it.

“Simply put”

The West Virginia senator made crystal clear that he’s not interested in playing along with his party for the sake of politics, without first determining how such legislation will impact the already-failing U.S. economy.

“Simply put, I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact it will have on our national debt, our economy and the American people,” Manchin said Monday.

He 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.”

“I, for one, also won’t support a multitrillion-dollar bill without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on our economy and existing government programs,” Manchin continued.

Democrats, who have floated the idea of voting on the legislative packages as soon as this week, can’t successfully pass the social spending bill without Manchin’s support, given the 50-50 split in the upper chamber.

“Political games”

The senator not only made his stance on the legislation clear as day, but he also went on the attack, targeting the radical progressives in his own party who have vowed to not take action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he supports, until the $3.5 trillion spending bill gets a vote.

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

Thankfully, there’s at least one Democratic member of Congress who still cares how such careless, insane spending measures will impact the country, which is more important than ever, given how President Joe Biden has taken the nation well off a solid economic track.

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