Manchin Indicates $1.5 Trillion Is Farthest He Will Go on Reconciliation

Since the earliest stages of the Democratic reconciliation bill, all eyes have been on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a critical swing vote who could make or break Democratic plans. Manchin rejected the bill’s $3.5 trillion price tag, but the self-described “conservative Democrat” has since been tight-lipped on what price tag he would support. On Thursday, Manchin finally gave an indication of his top line price: $1.5 trillion. In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, Manchin indicated that he was not unilaterally rejecting the bill altogether, but demanded “greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.” Manchin wrote: “some in Congress have a strange belief there is an infinite supply of money to deal with any current or future crisis, and that spending trillions upon trillions will have no negative consequence for the future. I disagree.” He criticized the reckless …

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