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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Sunday that he “can’t really guarantee anybody” that the massive spending package spearheaded by Democrats will pass through reconciliation.

When asked by host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he can guarantee that the reconciliation package will pass in the Senate, Manchin said he can’t, citing the lack of information about how the investments would be paid for.

The article goes on to state the following:

“I can’t really guarantee anybody. I have not guaranteed anybody on any of these pieces of legislation. Would we like to do more? Yes, you can do what you can pay for. This is paid for. Our infrastructure bill is all paid for. We don’t have a debt, that we’re going to incur more debt in throwing onto it,” Manchin said.

“And on the other, as far as reconciliation goes, it should be looked at the same. That’s why I said we’re going to get the budget resolution. Let’s start the process and then see where it goes,” Manchin added.


Manchin’s comments come as Democrats hope for a reconciliation bill, but moderate members are skeptical of the initiative.

Manchin said that he does not support a “quid pro quo” for both packages, expressing that they would like to consider them separately.

“On that, we should just work in good faith and be honest with each other, so no one’s misled any way, shape or form, and there should be no quid pro quo. You do this, I will do this,” Manchin said.

Pressed again on ridding the filibuster to pass the Democrats’ package to overhaul voting procedures, Manchin double down and said that he “can’t imagine” supporting a change to the filibuster.


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  1. Jake Tapper is probably paid millions by his network so he won’t be screwed paying the cost of that infrastructure bill like most of us. Machin knows that.

  2. Ending the filibuster might seem like a bad idea now. But it just might sound like a good idea, once the Democrats become the permanent minority, beginning in 2023.


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