Sen. Joe Manchin writes for the Wall Street Journal:
I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.
Inflation continues to rise and is bleeding the value of Americans’ wages and income. More than 10.1 million jobs remain open. Our economy, as the Biden administration has correctly pointed out, has reached record levels of quarterly growth.
This positive economic reality makes clear that the purpose of the proposed $3.5 trillion in new spending isn’t to solve urgent problems, but to re-envision America’s social policies.
While my fellow Democrats will disagree, I believe that spending trillions more dollars not only ignores present economic reality, but makes it certain that America will be fiscally weakened when it faces a future recession or national emergency.
Read the full op-ed.
Manchin says Democrats should “hit the pause button” on a $3.5 trillion package incorporating the bulk of Biden’s economic agenda — a clear challenge to the effort by party leaders to get the plan through the evenly divided Senate, per @LauraLitvan:https://t.co/v7QPv0YF1D
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) September 2, 2021