Appearing for an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Sunday that he can’t support President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.
“We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” Manchin said.
“I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work. We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled, 8 million people still unemployed. Something’s not matching up there.”
The right-leaning Democrat also said he would look at adjusting the tax code first if he were writing the bill from scratch.
Manchin earlier this month advised Democrats to “hit the pause button” on Biden’s plan.
“Let’s sit back. Let’s see what happens,” he said at an event in West Virginia. “We have so much on our plate. We really have an awful lot. I think that would be the prudent, wise thing to do.”
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 12, 2021