WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Democrats should delay the economic package signed by President Joe Biden until the end of this summer, Sen. Joe Manchin said on Friday, a demand that would jeopardize the party’s environmental and tax goals and lead to a loss of November. Will postpone Congress’s performance on the plan till the end. Election.
Decisive West Virginia Democrats said in a statewide radio show that if party leaders want to plan a vote on measures still emerging this month, they will have to do it as soon as possible to curb drug prices, ending federal health care. The subsidies should be limited to expanding and reducing federal provisions. loss
That would mean the party has given up on other top targets under Biden. These include prompting a shift from fossil fuels to clean energy sources and paying for their priorities by taxing the wealthiest Americans and companies. Party leaders hope to achieve those initiatives in time to flash them in front of voters before elections in which Republicans can win control of Congress.
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Munchkin told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he could no longer support a bill that would include other party goals such as battling climate change and raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, according to a Democrat in those talks. Information on. The two lawmakers have been negotiating for months on a package that is expected to reach nearly $1 trillion over 10 years, about half of which is used to reduce the federal deficit.
Manchin said Democrats should wait until July for inflation data to be available, which will be in August. He also wants lawmakers to assess the next actions the Federal Reserve will take on interest rates as it struggles to contain rising prices while avoiding a recession.
“Let’s wait until we know we’re going down a path that won’t be inflammatory to add more to inflation,” Manchin said on “Talkline,” a West Virginia talk radio show by Hopi Kercheval. Hosted.
Support from Munchkin, one of his party’s more conservative members of Congress, would make or break any measure produced by Democrats in an equally divided Senate. While they have expressed concerns for months about going ahead with an inflation-accelerating measure, their latest demands come days after the government last month raised consumer costs at an annual rate of 9.1 per cent, saying, Which is the fastest increase since 1981.
Democrats want to reach agreement on a package and push it through Congress before lawmakers begin recess in August. The measure is facing some unanimous opposition from Republicans.
Delaying action until after the break would leave Democrats with an alarmingly ticking clock. The special budget powers that expire on October 1 let them push legislation through the Senate 50-50 over solid GOP opposition with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.
This would create a risk that any Democratic absence due to COVID-19 or any other reason would leave him with fewer than the votes needed for him. It would also advance Congressional action until a few weeks before the November elections, when any vote could be quickly cut into an advertisement advertising a damaging campaign attack.