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Manchin Says He’ll Scuttle Spending Bill, Accuses Dems Of Fiscal ‘Shell Games’

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Sen. Joe Manchin hit the brakes on a newly touted social welfare spending deal, arguing it needs much more work and consideration before he throws his support behind it.

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, refused to back the $1.75 trillion measure immediately but said he’s “open” to supporting it, depending on the details of the bill.

Manchin’s announcement threatens a planned vote on the package later this month in the House, as well as a second vote on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden is eager to sign into law.

He accused Democrats of playing “shell games” with the cost estimates of the latest deal, which is half of the initial $3.5 trillion Democrats hoped to spend.

Democratic negotiators helped cut down the cost of the measure by shortening the time frame for programs. A child tax credit, for example, would expire after one year instead of becoming permanent.

“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,” Manchin said.

Manchin also demanded House Democrats pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure, warning them, “Holding that bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for what you want.”

Democrats in the House are refusing to pass the infrastructure bill until the social welfare spending package is ready for a vote in both chambers.

Read more at Examiner

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