Manchin says he's 'not a roadblock' for Biden's priorities as he pushes for slimmed-down infrastructure bill
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he's not a "roadblock" for President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, even as he uses his key position in the Senate to push against some aspects of Biden's massive infrastructure proposal.
Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he's not a "roadblock" for President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, even as he uses his key position in the Senate to push against some aspects of Biden's massive infrastructure proposal.
"I'm not a roadblock at all," Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" when asked about those in his party who view him as a challenge to accomplishing some of the President's agenda.
But as he sought to dismiss criticism from members of his party, Manchin told Bash that he supports a "more targeted" version of Biden's roughly $2 trillion infrastructure plan, flexing his potential veto power in the negotiations over the package.
Manchin told Bash he doesn't support using a partisan budget process called reconciliation to pass a slimmed-down version of the proposal with only Democratic votes, saying, "We have to get back to getting it into the committees.
The senator has already frustrated some members of his party after making clear earlier this month that he opposes changing Senate rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold needed to pass most legislation so as to allow Democrats to push through more bills on party-line votes.
Manchin also signaled to the White House a few weeks ago that the infrastructure package can't pass in its current form because he and a handful of other Senate Democrats believe the corporate tax hikes proposed in the bill -- designed to offset its costs -- are too steep.