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Manchin Confirms He Will Not Vote for $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill, Sanders Fires Back

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) confirmed Sunday that he will not vote for a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that contains a number of climate, social welfare, and other initiatives, arguing that the price tag is far too high. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) won’t “have my vote on” the package, Manchin said during a CNN interview, adding that “Chuck knows that, and we’ve talked about this.” The West Virginia senator argued that too much money been spent by the federal government in recent years and expressed concerns about further increasing the national debt. “We’ve already put out $5.4 trillion and we’ve tried to help Americans in every way we possibly can and a lot of the help that we’ve put out there is still there and it’s going to run clear until next year, 2022, so what’s the urgency?” Manchin told the network. “What’s the urgency that we have? …

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