Woe is us if we don't do something about it quickly, both in building resilient infrastructure and going to clean power, whether it's in homes, in electricity, in transportation, to stop the global warming or at least reduce its awful effects on this country. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Woe is us if we don't do something about it quickly, both in building resilient infrastructure and going to clean power, whether it's in homes, in electricity, in transportation, to stop the global warming or at least reduce its awful effects on this country. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Joe Manchin voted to advance the $3.5 trillion budget bill — now he says Democrats should press pause
  • Joe Manchin called for Democrats to “pause” their consideration of a $3.5 trillion spending bill, though he did not rule out voting for a smaller package.
  • Democrats are trying to pass both a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and a larger proposal to invest in climate policy and social programs.
  • Some in the party have called the bills even more necessary as parts of the country are ravaged by wildfires or affected by flooding.
Sen. Joe Manchin just made it clear Democrats have work to do to win his vote for their sprawling economic plan — and prevent President Joe Biden’s agenda from collapsing.

The West Virginia Democrat on Thursday urged party leaders to “pause” their consideration of a massive $3.5 trillion spending bill. Democrats aim to approve the measure, which would invest in climate policy and social programs, in the coming weeks without Republican support.

Manchin voted last month to pass a $3.5 trillion budget resolution, the first step in the reconciliation process that allows Democrats to move forward without the GOP. At the time, he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., signaled they would oppose the final bill unless the price tag was slashed.

Manchin went a step further Thursday in calling for a “strategic pause” in moving forward with the plan. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, the senator cited concerns about inflation and debt.

“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,” Manchin wrote.

The senator did not rule out voting for a smaller bill. He ended the piece noting that “by placing a strategic pause on this budgetary proposal, by significantly reducing the size of any possible reconciliation bill to only what America can afford and needs to spend, we can and will build a better and stronger nation for all our families.”

Manchin’s stance complicates an already messy effort by Democrats to pass their spending plan and a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. If Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., loses Manchin or any other member of his caucus, the legislation will fail.

... Manchin’s call for a delay will irk many in his party who have called congressional action to combat climate change long overdue. The budget proposal would use subsidies and other incentives to encourage the adoption of green energy, electrify buildings and houses, and make infrastructure more resilient against extreme weather.

Recent raging wildfires in the Western U.S. and flooding in Southern and Northeastern states, conditions exacerbated by climate change, have only increased calls among Democrats to pass the spending bill.

Speaking Thursday from a New York City where hours before rainwater had poured into subway tunnels and paralyzed public transit, Schumer called it “imperative” to pass the infrastructure and climate bills.

“Woe is us if we don’t do something about it quickly, both in building resilient infrastructure and going to clean power, whether it’s in homes, in electricity, in transportation, to stop the global warming or at least reduce its awful effects on this country,” he said.
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