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U.S. Senator Manchin slams Bernie Sanders in battle over Biden spending plan

Economy Oct 16, 2021 07:35PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia slammed fellow lawmaker Bernie Sanders late Friday over his attempts to garner support for President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar spending package in the latest example of infighting among key lawmakers over the plan.

Manchin tweeted out his concern over the scope of the legislation in response to an editorial from Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, advocating for it.

On Friday, West Virginia paper the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an editorial from Sanders urging support for the Democratic plan to address wealth inequity, soaring pharmaceutical costs, an increasingly expensive healthcare system and costly childcare.

"Senator Sanders' answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach," Manchin said in a statement posted https://twitter.com/Sen_JoeManchin/status/1449148907032875015?s=20 on Friday on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), slamming Sanders as an "out-of-stater."

The bill is threatened by a lack of support among Senate Republicans and two Democratic moderates - Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. Sinema has told https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senator-sinema-rejects-vote-big-biden-package-before-infrastructure-source-2021-10-14 Democrats in the House of Representatives she will not vote for the package before Congress approves a separate, bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

Sinema and Manchin have balked at the Biden plan's initial $3.5 trillion price tag for a spending measure to fund social programs and fight climate change. As a result, the president faces a difficult balancing act in trying to bring down the cost but not alienate progressive Democrats who also are essential to passing the legislation.

U.S. Senator Manchin slams Bernie Sanders in battle over Biden spending plan
 

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Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Oct 17, 2021 9:13AM ET
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Manchin thinks it’s ok to open the printing press for his rich friend. But when it’s for the people, he gets serious concerns… smells like a bought politician to me
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Oct 17, 2021 9:13AM ET
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Government soending plans arent for the people the government doesnt care about people….
James Pattison
James Pattison Oct 17, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Build Hunter back better badabadoo…
Privacy Please
WTIHedge Oct 17, 2021 12:27AM ET
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There are a few politicians I actually like and Bernie is one. Its not even about policy. He is a stand up human being and I respect that.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Oct 17, 2021 12:27AM ET
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I like stand up guys that push for real freedom. Communists dont meet the criteria, people these days just dont get it.
Jay Jay
Jay Jay Oct 17, 2021 12:27AM ET
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I'm a democrat, and totally not a fan of Bernie and his massive free giveaways. Thank god we have a centrist sane Biden.
Raymond Pasillas
Raymond Pasillas Oct 17, 2021 12:07AM ET
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Almost the end of America.
Randy Gomez
Randy Gomez Oct 17, 2021 12:07AM ET
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new beginning. hopefully a better one
Paul Browning
Paul Browning Oct 16, 2021 10:55PM ET
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The economy is in worse shape than most people think. We suffered greatly from the irrational, harmful policies of Republicans led by Donald Trump. He put unqualified people in charge of important government organizations and botched our response to Covid-19. He tried to destroy the EPA, the Postal Service, foreign service and the CDC. He called the virus a hoax and Climate change a lie. Bien is trying to undo the tremendous damage Trump did and is still doing but Republicans are doing everything they can to block him even playing politics with the debt limit. This could result in a default on T-bonds which would take down not only America but the entire world.
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Mike Singh Oct 16, 2021 9:42PM ET
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The economy is going down the hole and leaving it to Biden who js blind to everything is pushing it deeper. If we keep voting for president like this one we might as well shout every thing and give him all our money cause he is going steal it away from us anyways. We as people need to vote people like out and get some one who works for the people, not for his buddies who he is filling up their pockets. Think hard what we should do.
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Mike Singh Oct 16, 2021 9:42PM ET
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The economy is going down the hole and leaving it to Biden who js blind to everything is pushing it deeper. If we keep voting for president like this one we might as well shout every thing and give him all our money cause he is going steal it away from us anyways. We as people need to vote people like out and get some one who works for the people, not for his buddies who he is filling up their pockets. Think hard what we should do.
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중훈 권 Oct 16, 2021 9:05PM ET
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good!
Steve zielinski
Steve zielinski Oct 16, 2021 8:47PM ET
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Political arena needs new Generation. Stop voting for these fossils who will corrupt way to stay in.  Spending millions for a 100,000 a year job , makes you wonder why?. It gives them open ended ticket  for non profit, which turns to profit in there pocket. Whole political system need revamp by the people  in a peaceful  way.
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 16, 2021 7:27PM ET
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Manchin’s right.. again.
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Manchin is just like the other 99 Senators, a waste of space and a terrible leader. Cut him and the other 99
 
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