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Manchin warns Biden's infrastructure bill is in trouble over corporate tax hikes

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veteran Affairs nominee for Preisdent Joe Biden, during his Senate Veterans??? Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI

Sen. Joe Manchin, an influential centrist Democrat, warned Monday that the Biden administration's massive 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.

Washington (CNN)Sen. Joe Manchin, an influential centrist Democrat, warned Monday that the Biden administration's massive 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.

The West Virginia senator said he would use the "leverage" he has in the 50-50 Senate to demand changes before voting to take up the bill, which has been introduced but expected to go through weeks or months of negotiations before being debated on the floor.

"If I don't vote to get on it, it's not going anywhere.

Manchin has signaled for weeks that he wants to include Republicans in talks over an infrastructure package and then pass a bipartisan bill that could get the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster.

He wants to avoid using a partisan budget process called reconciliation to pass it with only Democratic votes.

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