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

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

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (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 on Friday on Twitter, 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 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.

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Angie Wilson

Sanders is a socialist. He is an embarrassment. Left to him he wud provide everyone diapers to a college education in the name of equity off the backs of the taxpayers and yet he has never held a full time job except running his mouth.

Mark Wade

Senator Manchin is smart, Burnie and Bidumb are not really trying to solve problems, but in true democrap form will just throw money at the problem, and it really makes it worse!!


Down with socialism, communism and authoritarianism! We demand freedom or we will take it back from you!


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