Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) believes there is “absolutely” enough support to get President Joe Biden’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure contract through Congress.
“I sure think there is, Jon,” Manchin replied to ABC News presenter Jonathan Karl on Sunday when asked if he thought the bill was passable. For the deal to come about, a Senate vote requires at least 60 votes.
“This is the largest infrastructure package in the history of the United States of America,” said Manchin. “And President Biden, I have no doubt, never had a doubt that he is anxious to get this law passed and to sign it. And I look forward to being there when he does. I tell you, so much good is being done. “
He added, “There’s more in there for clean infrastructure, clean technology, clean energy technology than ever, more money for bridges and roads since the highway was built, water, our lead pipes removed across the country, and especially in rural America, in the rural West Virginia. So much good in it, Jon. “
Support for the infrastructure package has increased back and forth over the course of the negotiations. Several GOP senators involved in the bipartisan talks voted in favor of the bill after the president falsely implied it would veto unless a major reconciliation bill came right after it.
Meanwhile, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders criticized the deal for not going far enough.
“I can’t vote for a small subgroup who, you know, the infrastructure train leaves the station and the childcare stays on the platform, green energy stays on the platform, billionaires don’t have to pay, stay on the platform,” Warren said in the platform this week.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters about infrastructure laws on Capitol Hill June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. Manchin said he believed the bipartisan deal could be passed by Congress.
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Sanders is working on an infrastructure tuning bill that would cost $ 6 trillion to meet a wider network of needs.
“I hope they just look at the bill,” Machin said of his Democratic counterparts. “We have two tracks. And that’s exactly what I think is going to happen. And we worked on that one track. We’re going to work on the second track is something we need. “
Manchin stated that he is someone who makes adjustments to bills when needed, citing the Trump-era tax cuts as adjustments needed to be made. The senator also acknowledged that the nation’s debt cannot meet all of these needs at once.
“There is a lot of need out there, whether it is about tax breaks for children, whether it is helping these children start in life, whether it is repairing much of the human infrastructure that has fallen by the wayside to help the middle class. ” , hard working people have a chance to move forward and enjoy the American dream. I am in favor. To what extent will we see what we can pay for, “said Manchin.
The current version of the bill has been paid according to Manchin. He said he did not want to increase the country’s aggregate debt any further, but funding for the package has been drawn from redistributing money that the federal government has not yet used.
“I think we have all done a good job and we have to look for that in the next legislation,” said Manchin. “I understand the concerns. I understand the wishes of everyone in my group and also in the Republican group. I know we can work together.”
Manchin said he was willing to compromise on a number of issues, including the vote on the infrastructure bill and Republican-backed tax cuts.
“At the moment, I never thought that net corporate tax should be 21 percent. I always found 25 to be very fair and balanced, so I’m ready to go to 25. I think capital gains should generally be 28 percent, not at 21. “
Manchin pointed to his moderate and consistent voting record, which, in his opinion, shows that he is willing to compromise on issues on both sides. He added that if he voted on something the nation could not afford, he would “not ignore caution”.
“I’m ready to meet anyone halfway. If Republicans don’t want to make adjustments to a tax code, which I think is weighted and unfair, then I’m ready to go to reconcile it, ”he said.
Newsweek has asked Manchin for a comment but has not received a response as of time of publication.