Democrats are hoping to ram through their massive infrastructure bill without the help of any Republicans.
However, they can only do this if they are able to get all 50 Democrat Senators on board so they can use reconciliation.
That, however, may not be possible, as Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has now come forward to say that he does NOT support the legislation.
That Would Be a ‘NO,’ Joe
When Joe Biden was elected, Senator Manchin promised that he would try to block any extreme legislation that did not have Republican input.
Manchin let everyone down when he approved reconciliation for the COVID stimulus legislation, but he does seem to be holding firm on this one.
The biggest sticking point for Manchin is not that more than 90 percent of the bill is going to things other than bridges and roads, however.
His biggest issue is the massive corporate tax hike that is buried in the bill.
The 28 percent that Biden is proposing is way too high, according to Manchin, who stated that he could support something around 25 percent.
He stated, “As this bill exists today, it needs to be changed.
“Bottom line is, that’s what legislation is all about.
“This bill will not be in the same form you’ve seen introduced or seen people talking about.”
Manchin then added, “If I don’t vote to get on it, then it’s not going anywhere, so we’re going to have some leverage here.
“It’s more than just me. There’s six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this.
“We have to be competitive, and we’re not going to throw caution to the wind.”
The scary thing here, however, is that if Biden caves to Manchin and gets him to lower the corporate tax hike, is Manchin okay with the rest of this legislation?
If he is, the bill then goes through and we are still stuck with roughly two trillion of spending that will continue to feed Democrat pet projects.
Source: Fox Business