Skip to comments.Manchin threatens 'zero' spending in blowup with Sanders: reports
Posted on 10/21/2021 4:28:27 PM PDT by karpov
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got into argument on Wednesday during which the centrist West Virginia senator said he was willing to let go of all of President Biden's social spending plan, according to an Axios report that has been corroborated by multiple other senators who witnessed the spat.
Fellow Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Chris Coons (Del.), both of whom serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee and were both in the room when it happened, relayed details of the blowup to Axios.
According to Tester, Sanders said, "Joe said, 'I'm comfortable with nothing.' ... We need to do three-and-a-half [trillion dollars]."
"The truth is both of them are in different spots," Tester said of his two colleagues.
Manchin apparently confirmed this saying, "I'm comfortable with zero," and forming a zero with his fingers, according to Tester. Tester told Axios that he believes Manchin when he says he is fine with none of Biden's multitrillion-dollar social spending plan being passed.
Coons described the verbal quarrel as a "vigorous, 10-minute discussion." According to Coons, Manchin said, "We shouldn't do it at all," when speaking of the social spending plan.
"This will contribute to inflation. We've already passed the American Rescue Plan. We should just pass the infrastructure bill and, you know, pause for six months," Manchin said, according to the Delaware senator.
The Hill has reached out to Sanders's and Manchin's offices for comment on the argument.
Sanders and Manchin represent two vastly opposing sides of the Democratic Party, with the apparent divide being blamed for stalling bills considered key to Biden's agenda. The two senators, who are both members of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) leadership team, have butted heads multiple times as negotiations on the spending bill continue.
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Truth, or kabuki?
We shall see. Wasn’t there talk of voting by the end of October?
How in the heck is it not Sanders and Pelousy’s Spending?
Did BiXiden send the bill over to the House or did the House and its lobbyists write it?
Taxpayers get ready to blow $200 billion in West Virginia.
Manchin is just looking for more earmarks and handouts.
They’ve both gone on record as supposed 2A supporters.
Let them settle it with a duel.
** Manchin said,...We should just pass the infrastructure bill and, you know, pause for six months,” **
old time RAT policymaking....ask for it all and accept a compromise for some of it and get the rest next time...
Nothing more than the prostitute and the john haggling over the price.
“This will contribute to inflation. We’ve already passed the American Rescue Plan. We should just pass the infrastructure bill and, you know, pause for six months,” Manchin said...
Hopefully the rest of the party is too stupid to follow
Add Manchin West Virginia
How the hell did you allow that to happen Montana / West Virginia..FAIL
The Governor of West Virginia needs to give Joe a call and ask him to come back to Charleston for a “consultation”. Kind of like give him an offer he can’t refuse.
“They’ve both gone on record as supposed 2A supporters.”
Sanders is now a big gun control advocate!
Soviet Sanders. Then may Manchin win the duel.
Joe thinks it is about stimulating the economy. It is really about destroying the country with liberal programs.
West Virginians do not want this bill. If Manchin could get away with voring throwing 3.5 trillion in the trash can, he would. So, we have kabuki theatre with his trying to figure out how much he can get away with and keep his job.
Hey Montanans, why aren’t you making Tester support Joe? That guy’s a goober looking fraud and you let him exist. He’s no better than my senators, but I live in NJ. What’s your excuse?
Tester “won” his seat initially when GOP Senator Conrad Burns was set up on phony criminal charges way back in 2006, but has faced subpar GOP opponents since. Manchin rode into the Senate shortly after Robert Byrd’s death when the state hadn’t fully gone GOP, and barely won reelection in 2018. I doubt either will win again in 2024.
“ Taxpayers get ready to blow $200 billion in West Virginia”
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