Ahead of Thursday’s pivotal vote in the House on Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) persisted in his opposition to the trillion-dollar price tag: “What I have made clear–is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity” stated Manchin.
In a statement on Wednesday, Manchin, who has previously resisted the bill and even publicly called on Democrats to put a “pause” on it, said that he cannot support the trillions of dollars in spending. “Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue to pay the inflation tax,” he said.
The senator from West Virginia concluded his statement warning that history shows reckless spending has been the death knell for nations in the past: “America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America” (Fierce Patriots).
Manchin is not alone in his opposition to the massive spending package. According to the New York Times, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) continued opposition to elements of the bill has prompted a “revolt” among some of her most devoted followers.
As The Times noted: “Sinema is facing a growing political revolt at home from the voters who once counted themselves among her most devoted supporters. Many of the state’s most fervent Democrats now see her as an obstructionist whose refusal to sign on to a major social policy and climate change bill has helped imperil the party’s agenda” (New York Times).
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