Manchin Comes Out Against Biden’s Infrastructure Bill As It ‘Exists Today’

President Joe Biden‘s new proposed $2 trillion infrastructure bill appears to be in trouble in its current form after a key Democratic senator says he opposes it as it “exists today.”

During an interview with West Virginia’s Metro News, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) told host Hoppy Kercheval he would not support Biden’s proposed bill “as the bill exists today.” He added, “It needs to be changed.”

Manchin went on, “It’s more than just me, Hoppy. 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.”

Biden announced his new infrastructure bill last week, which he called a “once-in-a-generation investment in America, unlike anything we’ve seen or done.” The bill aims to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges and seeks to make investments to combat climate change.

To pay for his bill, Biden plans to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.

While Manchin told Kercheval he believes high earners should pay more in taxes, he said he believes the corporate tax rate should be raised to 25% and would not support raising it to 28%.

Most legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and pass the chamber. The Senate is currently split 50-50, and it could be hard for Democrats to win over 10 Republicans to pass the bill.

However, Senate Democrats believe they can use budget reconciliation, which cannot be filibustered, to pass the bill.

Typically, reconciliation can only be used once per year and for bills that would impact the federal budget. Democrats already used reconciliation to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in March.

However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring whether Democrats can use reconciliation again, which would allow Democrats to pass the bill with just a simple majority, or 51 votes, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

Reconciliation would require all 50 Democrats to vote for the bill. However, if Manchin opposes it and no Republicans vote for it, they would fall short of the required votes to pass the chamber.

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  1. Stop looking at Manchin as being some sort of maverick Democrat. The same goes for Kelly, Sinema and Tester. ‘Red State’ Democrats that will somehow bolt away from voting along with other Dems. Independent. Fair minded.
    Keep in mind that he (along with Sinema and Tester) voted to convict President Trump in BOTH of those sham Senate ‘trials’.
    Don’t just watch what they SAY. Watch what they DO! When Harris and Schumer crack that Senatorial whip, they’ll all fall into line like frightened bunnies and do as they’re told.

  2. Unfortunately the Democrats don’t even need his vote.
    They plan to push this bill through the same way they pushed the Corona virus bill and Obummer care through, without the Republicans even getting to vote.
    They plan to use budget reconciliation to push the bill infrastructure through.
    Even though only 5% of the 2.2 TRILLION dollar bill actually goes to infrastructure.

    1. Please tell us, Ken, how the Dems get to 51 votes needed for passage under reconciliation “without the Republicans even getting to vote” and Sen. Manchin holding out for 25% corporate tax, not 28%. PLEASE–I am curious as to how that occurs.

      50–R’s and 50 D’s. The VPOTUS only votes in the case of a tie. So where is the 50th vote without Manchin?

      Trust me. Saying “5%” ten times does NOT make it so.— It is 42%–which is less than half so why don’t you simply claim what is true? —It is not even 50% would be accurate.

      WHY don’t you claim you don’t want to manufacture computer chips here instead of China? Claim you don’t want more middle-income housing constructed. Claim you don’t want more Medicare funding or research and development. Claim your state does not need to remove lead pipes. Claim you and your loved ones do not travel on any of the 54,259 U.S. bridges declared “structurally deficient” so you don’t see a need for repair. I have no idea what you actually believe. BUT there are so many things you could CLAIM. What you can’t claim is 42% is “5% infrastructure.” WHAT kind of math are you using?

      1. Yawn. Please tell “us”? To whom is the us to whom you are referring? Obviously us is just…..you. The other posters appear to understand the uselessness and expense.

  3. Ya know, when they HAVE to go out on National TV and tell everybody there is a “new” definition of the word “infrastructure”, you KNOW there are problems with the bill.

  4. Besides the increase in corporate tax, which will be passed along to Middle class working people, Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider plans to spend about $800 billion, I should say waste, on Solar and Wind energy to replace fossil fuels. They can’t!! Solar and Wind are unreliable, as Texas found out. The only types of energy to replace fossil fuels are nuclear and hydo. The Mad King wants to give incentives to switch to Solar and Wind which will drive the price of electricity through the roof. There’s a reason why coal and oil is popular. We have 100 years of coal reserves at least. It’s cheap. That’s why China and other pacific rim nations are building coal fired power plants, including Japan. China bought Coal Strip 1 and 2 after the EPA restrictions of the Obamanation forced their shutdown. Those two plants are now running without any restrictions. That caused an increase in our power costs in MT. The Mad King lied when he said that incentives would keep costs down. I’ve seen what government interference in power generation results in, higher prices every time. Look at CA. They pay almost 3 times what we pay in MT. Look at NY, CT, MA, HI, and ME, about twice MT. No Thanks.

    The song says:
    “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
    For purple mountain majesties above thy fruited plain
    America, America, God shed His grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea”

    It doesn’t say:
    “Blue solar panels and batteries, covering all the plain,
    O wind mills killing Bald Eagles, it fills the heart with pain,
    America, America, Dems spread their trash on thee,
    Destroyed the good, no brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

    1. LOL…Are you claiming that ERCOT’s reporting of their energy sources did NOT reach Montana?
      Here it is: “According to an ERCOT report, the major sources of generating capacity in Texas are natural gas (51%), wind (24.8%), coal (13.4%), nuclear (4.9%), solar (3.8%), and hydroelectric or biomass-fired units (1.9%).[13] ERCOT also performs financial settlements for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 7 million premises in competitive choice areas.[11]” Are you claiming it is the wind turbines fault that Texas did NOT heed the recommendation to winterize their natural gas and wind turbines? The recommendation was made TEN years ago and they apparently never got around to it. As Rick Perry claimed, ” Texas would be without power for longer than 3 days to keep the federal government out of their business.” Funny though, Texas fully accepted FEMA assistance–perhaps they don’t consider FEMA part of the federal government.

      Since you were using Gov. Abbott’s statement to make your case, you should read the fact checking on that statement. factcheck.org/2021/02/wind-turbines-didnt-cause-texas-energy-crisis/