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Senator Joe Manchin is DEEP in the trenches right now as one of the only Democrats who opposes President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda.
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he reiterated his support for laying off tax cuts for the rich and funding aid programs to help children. He added that he does not want to create an "entitlement society."
“I’ve been very clear when it comes to who we are as a society, who we are as a nation, and why we are still the hope of the world,” Manchin said. “I don’t believe that we should turn our society into an entitlement society. I think that we should still be a compassionate, rewarding society.”
He also reportedly told his Senate colleagues to “pick just one of President Biden’s three signature policies for helping working families and discard the other two.”
“By forcing progressives to choose among an expanded child tax credit, paid family medical leave or subsidies for child care, Manchin is complicating any potential deal— but also signaling his willingness to negotiate,” Axios reports.
Manchin has maintained he will only support the package if the price tag does not pass $1.5 trillion.
“My number has been $1.5. I’ve been very clear,” he said.
Trying to meet him halfway, President Biden brought the number down from $3.5 trillion to $2.2 trillion, according to Axios, a move that has angered hardcore progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“The time is long overdue for [Manchin] to tell us with specificity — not generalities; we’re beyond generalities … what he wants and what he does not want, and explain that to the people of West Virginia,” Sanders told reporters Wednesday.
Manchin may he hated by Democrats right now, but I am thankful that he is standing in the way of letting this terrible agenda pass!
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