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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.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 1, 2021
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.
Joe Manchin on CNN says he “can’t imagine” supporting a change to the filibuster rules that would allow the Senate to pass voting rights legislation with fewer than 60 votes pic.twitter.com/JmoaPog6Kl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2021
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