Tensions between centrist Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.) and progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over a sweeping social spending bill spilled over into public view on Wednesday, with Sanders taking aim at the West Virginia Democrat during a fiery press conference.
Sanders blasted Manchin for his recent comments that he does “not believe that we should turn our society into an entitlement society.”
He also implored the West Virginia Democrat and moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — two key votes due to the Democrats’ razor-thin majority — to provide specifics on what they would like to see in the massive spending bill.
Both Manchin and Sinema have expressed concerns over the price tag of the bill, which aims to tackle some of the Biden administration’s top priorities including climate change and the expansion of social programs, with Manchin proposing they spend closer to $1.5 trillion.