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

EconomyOct 16, 2021 07:35PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz 2/2

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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Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Oct 18, 2021 12:54AM ET
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What do AOC and Elizabeth Warren say?
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.
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Oct 16, 2021 10:36PM ET
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Bunch of grandstanding with no action. Blame the Fed!
Mike Singh
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.
Mike Singh
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.
중훈 권
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.
Loudermilktits Loudermilktits
Loudermilktits Oct 16, 2021 7:27PM ET
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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
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 16, 2021 3:14PM ET
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they think you peasants got enough money what's left is theirs they'll get mad at anyone trying to give it away
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Oct 16, 2021 2:45PM ET
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Dems won a very close election, but are trying to govern as though they won a landslide.  READ THE POLLS, PEOPLE ! Americans, by 50%-48% (all voters, all parties, all parts of political spectrum) are Against this spending.
David Harris
David Harris Oct 16, 2021 2:45PM ET
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Over 7 million we won the last election. Thats not close.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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Good, socialism is evil.
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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well there's different types of socialism im sure glad we practice Democratic socialism I honestly don't think our public services or infrastructure should be sold to the highest bidder I don't think Jesus would approve of that
Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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Capitalism doing well then?... so well
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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Empire Destroyer  it was doing amazingly well under President Trump. Every single metric was at 50 year highs with the enlightened America First policies. Now just stand back and have a look at what happens when fascist dems gain power. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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Socialism, is socialism, is socialism. And it has been responsible for over 100 million innocent civilian deaths over the last 100 years.
Magic Nash
Magic Nash Oct 16, 2021 2:26PM ET
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John Laurens  Trump contributed massively to the mess
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Oct 16, 2021 12:21PM ET
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The Dems and Government trying to legislate more money to bribe more voters.  The Dems can only fix elections, not the climate, not Covid, not the economy, not immigration, not violent crime.  NOAA cannot tell you the weather next week, but they know the temperature in a hundred years.  Not likely.  NASA cannot launch a rocket anymore.  Government workers showing their potential... if only they had more money.
Dim Sumthin
Dim Sumthin Oct 16, 2021 10:25AM ET
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Come on people!!!!! We have mistakes and wrong doings to our planet and our species for decades! We pay for those! If we don't, we won't make it! Desolation people! Sadly, it will cost and greed and pleasures are needing to diminish so the planet we are not entitled to just because we are human can heal! Everything about this bill is justified period! We can't turn a blind eye. This will change our country AND world and it costs money, its not free, and shortcuts are not going to help. Biden is the hero here people! let him do the job and put in place the resources we need to prioritize the middle class and poor while also not dismissing climate change! How many more fires do we need!!!!!! How many more mammals do we need to kill and turn a blind eye before our hearts move our species to be responsible! invest in people and this world's sustainability period. Trump had no interest in anything but the financial liberties of this country. Narcissists as presidents = dangerous!
Bob Asaro
Bob Asaro Oct 16, 2021 10:25AM ET
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Spoken by the party of elites and billionaires! the middle class is isn't even on the radar of democrats, the party that enslaves people!
baker mayfield
baker mayfield Oct 16, 2021 10:25AM ET
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BAHAHAHAHQ do you even UNDERSTAND the science behind your claims? it is DUBIOUS at best. I have a PHD in chemistry and physics and I can tell you the climate change assertions are nothing but TRASH. Get something in your head besides sheep mentality and go get an education, then come back and argue!!!! LMAO
Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor Oct 16, 2021 10:25AM ET
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Daddy...can we have some more moneyeeee!!!!!
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Oct 16, 2021 10:25AM ET
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taylor jason Before you do that, make sure there are no squirrels inside
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Oct 16, 2021 10:07AM ET
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Democrats are in it for the $$ I hope this one Man doesn't bend knee to the Socialist
Kenneth nelson
grasshopper Oct 16, 2021 9:40AM ET
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Bernie is a Welfare Rat 🐀
 
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