Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WV) has reportedly said he would not support more than $1.5 trillion in an upcoming spending package Democrats are attempting to push through.
As the New York Post reported on Tuesday, “Returning to the White House from a visit to New York and New Jersey to survey damage wrought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Biden was asked by reporters if he had recently spoken with Manchin about his opposition to the current proposal.”
“Joe, at the end, has always been there,” Biden said. “He’s always been with me. I think we can work something out. And I look forward to speaking with him.”
Biden’s attitude regarding Manchin’s stance is perhaps not as well-founded as he may have hoped. According to Axios, the senator told the administration and leaders in Congress that he is taking issue with Biden’s spending plan of $3.5 trillion.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has privately warned the White House and congressional leaders that he has