Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Manchin Signals Deal on Partisan Spending Bill Could Happen by Week’s End; Republicans: Don’t Get Lost in the Fog of the Numbers: Manchin Will Cave, and we will be Left with the Tab and Socialist Programs; Democrats Try to Make a Trillion ‘sound normal’, and related stories

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Manchin signals deal on partisan spending bill could happen by week’s end:
Sen. Joe Manchin III, a key swing vote for the White House’s legislative agenda, signaled Monday that a broad agreement among Democrats on President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar social spending bill could be at hand.
Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, said a final agreement could be reached by the end of the week even though there are still significant issues to be addressed.
“Having it finished with all the t’s and the i’s and everything crossed and dotted that will be difficult from the Senate side because we have an awful lot of text to go through,” he said. “But, as far as conceptually, we should.”
The comments came one day after Mr. Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer met with Mr. Biden in Delaware. During the discussion, Mr. Biden stressed the need to finalize the spending bill before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland next week.
“It would be very, very positive to get it done before the trip,” Mr. Biden told reporters on Monday before departing for a campaign swing through New Jersey.
The White House initially wanted the bill to run upward of $3.5 trillion and include long-sought liberal priorities such as free community college, amnesty for illegal immigrants and more climate change regulations. --->READ MORE HERE
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Republicans: Don’t get lost in the fog of the numbers:
Manchin will cave, and we will be left with the tab and socialist programs
With Democratic Senator Joe Manchin it is never a question of whether he will support Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s worst ideas, it is merely a matter of when. Make no mistake, it is Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren who drive the Democratic agenda. President Joe Biden is simply the cheerleader rooting for Democrats to unite.
Starting in 1995, when working in the West Virginia State Legislature, I observed Senator Manchin’s career from the state senate to the governor to U.S. Senate firsthand. His loyalty to the Democratic Party is only surpassed by his obsession with being viewed as the key to legislation passing.
The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill will prove to be the latest example. Senator Manchin’s loudest objections have been about the total amount. There does not seem to be much concern for the actual ideas and policies the bills fund. He is not alone. Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema and media defined “moderate” House Democrats have also focused their criticism on the total amount, not what is actually in the bills. President Biden, Senator Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi know this. Thus, we are now getting daily reports that differences among Democrats are narrowing the amount of government spending. Once Democrats agree on a lower amount, Americans will be left with policies that jeopardize our personal and economic security. --->READ MORE HERE
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