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Manchin Stops Biden $3.5 Trillion Spending Spree

He's the best Democrat in the country.

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As we predicted earlier this year, Democrat Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona would play a major role in Congress. We got that right, as they are holding off the massive Biden $3.5 trillion spending bill and taking a lot of Democrat heat for it. But both come from swing states and don’t want to tick off Republican voters. So they should remain solid on this issue.

FNC: ‘President Biden Friday morning doubled down on his support for the $3.5 trillion spending plan that some moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin oppose, siding with progressives like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders in the brewing intra-party battle over the bill. But Manchin and his allies are much cooler to the idea of spending $3.5 trillion on what amounts to a wish list of Democratic priorities from social programs to climate change and beyond.

The rubber will hit the road for the reconciliation bill on September 15. That’s the deadline for committees to finish drafting the legislation. Democrats will then face a mad rush to pass it through both chambers, ensuring that their most centrist or progressive members don’t flake along the way. The deadline for the House to consider the infrastructure bill is September 27.

Biden said that the government should have two focuses in September. The top priority, he said, is beating back the coronavirus pandemic. But he also pushed Congress to pass his two major spending plans.”

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“The second thing that has to happen in September is for the Congress, the House and Senate, to finish passing my economic agenda so that we can keep up the historic momentum we’ve been building,” Biden said.

“It’s about investing in America’s future. Not about short-term stimulus. That’s not what we’re talking about. These are long-term prosperity we’re talking about. Creating millions of good paying jobs for hardworking Americans. It’s about reducing bottlenecks in our economy, about reducing long-term price pressures.  We’re going to create millions of good paying jobs. We’re going to ease inflationary pressure.” Like a typical Democrat he doesn’t get that government doesn’t create jobs. It gets out of the way so the private sector can create jobs.

Manchin wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed, see above tweet, in which he said, “Over the past 18 months, we’ve spent more than $5 trillion responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Now Democratic congressional leaders propose to pass the largest single spending bill in history with no regard to rising inflation, crippling debt or the inevitability of future crises. Those who believe such concerns are overstated should ask themselves: What do we do if the pandemic gets worse under the next viral mutation? What do we do if there is a financial crisis like the one that led to the Great Recession?”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Hooray awesome

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Murphmeister
Murphmeister
2 months ago

Manchin should consider becoming a Republican.

hadenuf
hadenuf
2 months ago

We the taxpayers thank you, Joe. I can’t believe the spending this bunch is trying to saddle “we the people” with.. Trying to eat and put gas in our cars is getting hard to do.

Vernon John
Vernon John
2 months ago

I’m sure he and Kirsten are getting the proverbial ass-chewing from Frau Pelosi. Hope they hold fast and don’t cave in.

anthony manzo
anthony manzo
2 months ago

Stay the COURSE JOE, you and SENACA, Seem like the ONLY AMERICAN DEMOCRATS in CONGRESS. Surrounded by a WHOLE MESS of FASCISTS. It is refreshing to this THIRED GENERATION AMERICAN DEMOCRAT to know there are still Members of Congress on the BLUE side who put AMERICA FIRST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

Don’t count your chicken before it’s hatched! Manchin and/or Sinema still can be “bought” by Schumer and Biden. Some plush jobs for relatives, money for pet projects, etc. Praise them AFTER they vote the right (Constitutional) Way!

Dorothy
Dorothy
2 months ago

Manchin has been known to say one thing and when it comes down to it, he caves to Pelosi. I will not believe him until the vote is actually taken!

RogerUSA
RogerUSA
2 months ago

Biden and its cabal of lying crooks. Does it really think that gov’t spending reduces inflation? What a Rat, to take Americans for know nothing idiots. This White House squatter must be removed from My White House A.S.A.P.

Doppelgänger
Doppelgänger
2 months ago

“He’s the best Democrat in the country.”
At this point it sounds like he might be one of the best Republicans in the country. Certainly better than any RINO.

I hope this is the new and improved Manchin. The Manchin we are familiar with will stab you in the back when the chips are down.

Spike
Spike
2 months ago

I believe it was Manchin’s first run when he had a political ad in which he is firing a rifle showing that he totally believes in the right to bear arms and that he was an American moderate in the Democratic party. I’ve always leaned toward respecting him and too often have put my faith in him – what he sas initially running up to a vote – and too often BAM he lets me down and votes the party line!! So here I hope. Are there any other democrats who will look at the good of the country and forget the party line just once in a while??!!

hadenuf
hadenuf
2 months ago

Thank you, Sen. Manchin. It’s good to know that there is still at least one sane democrat in our current senate. The spending has become ridiculous. We will never see our way out of debt. Time for the silliness to stop.