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Manchin Plays Spoiler Again by Halting Biden’s Economic Agenda

  • Senator leaves door open to larger deal in September
  • Citing inflation, Manchin says it’s not ‘prudent’ to act now
Joe Manchin and President Joe Biden

Joe Manchin and President Joe Biden

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat Joe Manchin is once again playing spoiler for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, bringing it to a screeching halt even after spending much of the year whittling down its grandest ambitions.

The West Virginia senator said Friday it wouldn’t be “prudent” to act now on climate and tax plans crafted to get his support without seeing another month of inflation data first.