Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging his fellow Democrats to hold a “strategic pause” on President Joe Biden’s economic plan, according to recent reports out of Washington — terrible news for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who’s been trying to force the legislation through for weeks.
Bloomberg reported that the centric Democrat’s hesitance could put the $3.5 trillion tax and spending package that Democratic leaders plan to push through Congress in danger of not passing.
Congressional Democrats plan to attempt the spending plan in the fall of this year, however the evenly split Senate means that Manchin’s vote is crucial.
Thursday the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by the senator which pointed out that with the rise of both national debt and inflation means that government needs to come up with a “significantly” smaller plan than what Democrats are working on now.
“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 said in the op-ed.
The West Virginia political has been working on his fellow lawmakers in person as well, according to Bloomberg who reported that Manchin made smilier comments at an in-person event in his home state.
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted Manchin where the Democrat said his party should “hit the pause button” on their economic plan.
“Let’s sit back. Let’s see what happens. We have so much on our plate,” he said, making a not so vailed reference to the White House’s gross mishandling of it’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.