Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) surprised Republicans saying that he would support the Democrat-only infrastructure bill that has no GOP support, according to The Daily Caller — a shocking reversal after insisting for months that he wouldn’t back partisan legislation.
The West Virginia Democrat, who is known to often side with Republicans on social issues, caved to his party’s demands on Tuesdays saying that he sees it as a viable option to move the budget process forward.
“We’re going to have to work it through reconciliation, which I’ve agreed that that can be done. I just haven’t agreed on the amount, because I haven’t seen everything that everybody is wanting to put in the bill,” Manchin said in an interview on MSNBC.
According to Manchin, the Senate can “go through the process” of negotiating the bill, and Democrats will “probably have to go to reconciliation and then do what [they] can afford to do.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on a reconciliation package: “I’ve agreed that can be done. I just haven’t agreed on the amount.” pic.twitter.com/FRKXG8D67r
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Republicans, however, have stood firmly against the huge spending craze, partially because it overdraws the American bank account by hundreds of billions of dollars.
The massive bill includes billions spent on controversial issues such as a “New Green New Deal” communist-style create “change” to combat “climate change” and California’s ever failing High-Speed Rail project, according to The Federalist.
Ironically, it bans states from building their own new roads and forces rural Americans into a tight economic position with the pressure put on fossil fuel production.
In addition, Democrats are finding new ways to put pet projects under the infrastructure banner, given the sheer volume of dollars they hope to allocate to the category.
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) said in a recent tweet, “Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure.”
Her comments caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who responded by saying “Abortion is infrastructure. Gun control is infrastructure. Forced unionization is infrastructure. Whatever the Left wants is infrastructure. You know what’s not? Roads & bridges. ONLY 5% OF BIDEN’s “INFRASTRUCTURE” BILL IS ROADS & BRIDGES.”