Joe Manchin Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ Over $ 3.5 Billion Budget After Senate Approval – Live

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Greetings from Washington, live bloggers.

Senate Democrats approved the blueprint for their $ 3.5 billion budget bill early this morning, after a marathon session that included an hour-long “vote-a-rama” on the proposal.

The 50-49 vote fell along party lines, like the Senate Republicans continued to fiercely criticize the bill as reckless spending folly. Because Democrats are pushing the bill forward using reconciliation, they don’t need Republican support to pass it.

“It was a hell of a night”, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. “We still have a way to go, but we have taken a giant step forward in transforming America. It is the most important bill that has been considered in decades.

Senator Joe Manchin

My statement raising concerns about the consequences of adopting a $ 3.5 trillion budget:

August 11, 2021

But there are still serious hurdles to overcome for the bill. One of the most centrist members of the Democratic Senate caucus, Joe Manchin, said after the vote he had “serious concerns about the grave consequences” of another big spending package.

“Given the current state of economic recovery, it is simply irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a Great Depression or a Great Recession – and not an economy on the verge of overheating.” , said Manchin.

If Schumer can’t keep Manchin on board, the bill won’t pass the equally divided Senate, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The blog will have more details on the upcoming bill, so stay tuned.


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