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Manchin Slams Brakes on Biden Plan, Chides Progressives

  • West Virginia Democrat says he wants full economic analysis
  • Statement is a blow to efforts to move quickly on package
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Manchin Says Need to Keep Options Open on Biden Economic Agenda
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Senator Joe Manchin said Congress needs more time to assess the impact of President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion tax and spending package on the economy and the national debt, slamming the door on hopes by Democratic leaders for quick action on the plan.

The West Virginia Democrat on Monday refused to say whether he supports the outline Biden presented last week or whether there had been any progress in negotiations over the weekend. His remarks are a blow to Biden, who presented to House Democrats what he said was a compromise plan worked out over weeks of negotiations that would win support from all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats.