Sen. Joe Manchin confirmed Sunday that he cannot and will not support Biden’s whopping $3.5 trillion spending plan.
“We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” Manchin said in an NBC News interview.
“I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work. We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled, 8 million people still unemployed. Something’s not matching up here,” he continued.
Manchin said that if he were writing the bill, he would first look at adjusting the tax code.
“The 2017 tax code was weighted unfairly to the wealthy,” he said.
“We should be looking at everything, and we’re not. We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting, or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” he said, per the Associated Press.
In terms of what he would support, Manchin said, “It’s going to be $1, $1.5 (trillion).”
“The numbers that they’re wanting to pay for and the tax changes they want to make, is that competitive?” Manchin asked. “I believe there’s some changes made that does not keep us competitive.”
In a CNN interview, Manchin said he didn’t support the timeline of voting on the measure this week so that the House could pass it by September 27, per Just the News.
“There’s no way we can get this done by the 27th if we do our job,” he said.
Manchin said that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “will not have my vote, and Chuck knows that.”