Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is now signaling his potential support for a far-left bill that would attempt to use a process known as reconciliation to bypass Senate rules.
As The Hill reports:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that he’s supportive of going forward with a larger, Democratic-only infrastructure bill, but that it shouldn’t be linked to a separate bipartisan framework.
Manchin, during an interview with MSNBC, said that he had been assuming since “day one” that Democrats would have to use reconciliation, a budget process that allows them to bypass a 60-vote legislative filibuster, to pass a larger infrastructure bill because Republicans don’t want to make changes to the 2017 tax bill.
“We’re going to have to work it through reconciliation, which I’ve agreed that that can be done. I just haven’t agreed on the amount, because I haven’t seen everything that everyone is wanting to put in the bill,” Manchin said on MSNBC.
Manchin’s comments come after he told reporters late last week that he viewed a Democratic-only reconciliation bill as “inevitable,” handing a significant boost to Democrats’ strategy.
Manchin’s announcement is bad news for the many Republicans who were hoping the West Virginia Democrat would potentially stand in the way of Biden’s radical agenda.