Manchin Didn’t Sign Off On Framework, No ‘Rush’ To Get Deal


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he didn’t sign off on a framework for a $1.75 trillion social spending bill before it was released from the White House and that he didn’t think there was a “rush” to get a deal.

“No,” Manchin said, asked if he had signed off on the framework, adding that if he had, his current pushback wouldn’t be “genuine.”

“The White House knew exactly where I stood. There was a couple of concerns that we had that we needed to work through,” Manchin said.

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“I’ve been here long enough to know that when you say you signed off on things, you got to keep your word and I’m not going to be a liar or make anyone else a liar, so that’s why I hadn’t,” he added.

The White House unveiled the framework for the $1.75 trillion spending deal on Thursday, with White House officials predicting it would get support from all Democrats.

Manchin, asked if he had thrown Biden a curveball as the president prepared to go overseas for an international climate change conference, pushed back, pointing to House progressives.

“Not at all. I feel basically it’s time to do something. The president’s over there. He went there. He asked for something before he left and everyone ignored it. I didn’t ignore it,” Manchin said, referring to Biden’s meeting with House Democrats.

Read more at The Hill.



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