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Senator Joe Manchin Still Refuses To Vote For Trillions In The Democrats Spending Bill

      For years, I’ve been saying Senator Joe Manchin was a Republican in Democratic clothing, and this week has finally proven me right. In the midst of Trump’s backlash from the left ever since losing re-election, Manchin still refuses to vote for trillions in the Democrat’s spending bill that funds everything from Planned Parenthood to sanctuary cities. I have to say, I still stand behind what I believe. My hope is that Senator Joe Manchin stands behind his not be able to support such a high spending bill.

      Senator Joe Manchin is a Democrat, serving West Virginia since 2010. He was formerly Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010. Before becoming governor, he was a U.S. Representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district from 2001 to 2005 and served as Secretary of State of West Virginia from 1993 to 2001. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that he would not support “spending trillions more” on social programs, highlighting an ongoing dispute between the moderate Democrat and party leaders that threatens to derail negotiations on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill.

Senators who attended the meetings later used words like “productive” and “constructive” to describe them.

“It was a very good meeting, it was a very constructive meeting,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. told NBC News. “The President was very engaged and involved and I think everybody could say what they felt and everybody wants to work together if they can and find a path forward.”

The White House said the meetings were “productive and candid” in a readout that was issued Wednesday night. “There is more work ahead in the coming days, and [Biden] and his team will have follow-up meetings, starting tomorrow, to continue to advance the process of passing these critical bills,” it said.

      Since voting for a $787 billion stimulus package in 2009, he has become one of President Obama’s most outspoken critics on fiscal policy and entitlement reform — breaking with his party by opposing last year’s $1 trillion deficit-reduction plan and voting against taxes on millionaires and limiting Social Security benefits. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he won’t support President Joe Biden’s (D-Nev.) debt deal, leaving it unclear if there are enough votes to avoid a potential filibuster and pass the bill. I cannot support borrowing almost $2 trillion more when we don’t have an immediate crisis, he said. I’d rather us do what we did in December than do nothing at all.

      Schumer is expected to bring up for vote two options: an increase that raises the debt ceiling. Under a compromise reached late Monday, revenues from a proposed new 10 percent surtax on income over $1 million would be used to pay down part of the increased spending for three months. But opposition from moderates such as Sens. Joe Manchin(R West Virginia) Sens. mean they will likely need another Democratic vote beyond Manchin’s to get 60 yes votes needed to break a procedural hurdle. Therefore they may be forced into considering an alternative proposal called Max Myg, which increases only Medicare Part B premiums before making cuts in Medicare Advantage subsidies.

      As leader Chuck Schumer puts it, I believe there are Republican senators who are interested. Nonetheless, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says, There aren’t 40 Republicans behind his party’s backroom efforts to weaken Obamacare even further by demanding additional concessions beyond repealing insurance company subsidies. Senator Bob Corker planned to offer an amendment similar to Senator Pat Toomey’s middle-class tax cut plan but postponed offering after discovering very little Republican interest in supporting or encouraging my effort. Then too now that Senator Ted Cruz has threatened to filibuster any bill that funds Obamacare with even one penny of taxpayer money….that means no 9/11 first responders funding legislation can be attached.

      Again, I’m hoping Senator Joe Manchin will hold strong against voting for the spending bill

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