Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) expressed concerns about his party’s plans to spend another $3.5 trillion on “infrastructure” in light of the current inflation and the economic situation in the U.S., showing that the bill as currently structured may not be able to pass the Senate.
Like the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that just passed the Senate, the larger bill contains many items not traditionally considered infrastructure, such as funding for universal pre-k, day care subsidies, and free community college tuition.
But the bill is almost three times the size of its smaller counterpart, and has no GOP support behind it. If Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) don’t both vote for it, it won’t pass in the 50-50 Senate even through the planned budget reconciliation that will let the bill bypass the filibuster.
Furthermore, the bill reportedly contains plans to provide amnesty for 13 million illegal immigrants, which should not be included in a budget reconciliation process and may be struck down by the Senate parliamentarian if challenged.
In a statement on Wednesday, Manchin said he had “serious concerns about the grave consequences … if Congress decides to spend another $3.5 trillion.”
“Given the current state of the economic recovery, it is simply irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a Great Depression or Great Recession — not an economy that is on the verge of overheating,” Manchin said.
“I urge my colleagues to seriously consider this reality as this budget process unfolds in the coming weeks and months,” he pushed
It is not the first time Manchin has expressed reservations about the growing U.S. debt and how it could impact the economy and Americans if Democrats continue to spend at the current levels.
Sinema not on board either
Sinema has also said she doesn’t support $3.5 trillion in spending and will try to shrink the bill as it works its way through Congress.
She said she will support beginning the process, but won’t necessarily vote for the final bill in its current form.
Progressives are not going to be happy about a smaller price tag for the bill, which they see as necessary to reshape the economy and address their priorities for new entitlements and addressing climate concerns.
It makes you wonder if they want to kill the capitalist economy so that leaders have no choice but to adopt something different like their socialist agenda.