Dem Senator Puts Nail in Coffin for Massive Spending Bill

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Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin threw more cold water on the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act on Wednesday night, criticizing the price tag and threatening to kill it unless it included the Hyde amendment, which prohibits the federal funding of abortion.

“Spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity,” he said in a statement. Manchin later told National Review that the Build Back Better Act will be “dead on arrival” in the Senate if its Medicaid expansion does not include a ban on federal funding of abortion. He is one of the last pro-life Democrats still in Congress.

Manchin has called for a “strategic pause” on new federal spending, and privately suggested that Democrats wait until 2022 to pass the Build Back Better Act.

The pause would give Congress “time to develop the right policies and to continue to monitor how the pandemic and economic factors are affecting our nation’s fiscal situation before we spend more,” he wrote, while describing the package as “designed to reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation.”

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