- “Holding this [infrastructure] bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill,” Manchin said.
- “As more of the real details of the basic framework [for the reconciliation bill] are released, what I see are shell games — budget gimmicks that make the real cost of the so-called $1.75 trillion bill estimated to be almost twice that amount … if you extended it permanently.”
- “While I’ve worked hard to find a path to compromise, it’s obvious compromise is not good enough for a lot of my colleagues in Congress. It’s all or nothing, and their position doesn’t seem to change unless we agree to everything.”
Manchin addressed reporters in a Senate briefing room as lawmakers returned to Washington after last week’s frenzied activity surrounding both bills.
- House progressives fear Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) will gut the reconciliation bill.
- They’ve vowed to withhold their pivotal bloc of votes for the infrastructure bill unless