Vice President Harris entered the Chamber marking a historic moment
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has made it clear his resistance to items on the agenda that President Biden will discuss tonight.
Manchin, who holds a crucial 50-50 Senate vote, will be in attendance tonight for Biden’s speech. In many ways, the fate of much of Biden’s agenda will lie with the West Virginia lawmaker.
In addition to saying he is “very uncomfortable” with billions of dollars in new spending programs, Manchin responded to concerns about raising capital gains taxes to help pay. the plans. He also pushed back discussions among Democratic leaders to try to push proposals forward through the budget process, as they now plan to do next month.
“It’s a big burden,” Manchin said tonight of the higher rates of capital gains. “We’re just making ourselves uncompetitive. Our economy is about to take off and explode and we cannot brake. “
He called on Democratic leaders to delay the decision to use the budget process until they have exhausted all efforts to pass the bill on a bipartisan basis.
“Getting out of the door and making the decision is not fair,” Manchin told CNN, trying to pass the bills with Democratic votes.
Earlier today: Manchin has made his concerns clear about the trillions of dollars in additional spending.
Asked about the trillions of dollars Biden is offering to spend on his national program, Manchin told CNN he was “very uncomfortable” with the price.
“Of course that makes me very uncomfortable,” he told CNN. “We want to know how we’re going to pay for it. … Are we going to be able to be competitive and be able to pay for what we need in the country? And we have to figure out what our needs are, and maybe make some adjustments, which know? ”
Manchin said he had not seen the details of Biden’s plans, but noted: “We are currently in debt at $ 28.2 trillion … There is a balance to be had here, so we have to. solve … See what it is. I haven’t seen everything. “
When asked if universal pre-K was a good idea, with Biden proposing to spend $ 200 billion to make this plan a reality, Manchin said, “You have to be very careful” to make sure “the States weigh their own weight “.