Democrat Joe Manchin warns of ‘grave consequences’ from ‘irresponsible’ $3.5 trillion spending plan

By Ailan Evans

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin raised concerns over the $3.5 trillion budget plan the Senate passed Wednesday, warning that the level of spending would have a negative impact on future generations.

“Adding trillions of dollars more to nearly $29 trillion of national debt, without any consideration of the negative effects on our children and grandchildren, is one of those decisions that has become far too easy in Washington,” Manchin said in a press release Wednesday.

The Senate passed the $3.5 trillion budget in a 50-49 vote early Wednesday morning after the plan was proposed the previous day. Manchin voted yes on the budget, saying it was important to “discuss the fiscal policy future of this country.”

The senator has previously expressed concerns over the rising national debt, warning the U.S. could enter a recession if spending continued.

“I urge my colleagues to seriously consider this reality as this budget process unfolds in the coming weeks and months,” Manchin said, warning of “grave consequences” should the budget go ahead as planned.

“It is simply irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a Great Depression or Great Recession — not an economy that is on the verge of overheating,” the senator added Wednesday.

Manchin also voiced concerns about rising inflation and still-high unemployment, arguing that more spending would harm American citizens.

“The challenge we now face is different: millions of jobs remain unfilled across the country and rising inflation rates are now an unavoidable tax on the wages and income of every American,” he said. “These are not indications of an economy that requires trillions in additional spending.”

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema expressed similar doubts in July, saying she would not support a $3.5 trillion spending bill and pledging to “develop” the spending plan in the coming months. Both senators have shown a willingness to work with Republicans, each refusing to vote to do away with the filibuster as well as playing active roles in negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed Tuesday.

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5 thoughts on “Democrat Joe Manchin warns of ‘grave consequences’ from ‘irresponsible’ $3.5 trillion spending plan

  1. Take a good look at Machin’s record. He is a lot of talk but cannot be trusted to follow through. He may not support a 3.5 Trillion dollar funding plan but it’s not beyond him to support a 3.2 Trillion dollar plan after leadership and colleagues apply the political pressure.

  2. Bernie is undermining Joe Manchin, who appears to be the only SANE Dem/Prog voice of conscience in the US Senate.

    Shame on the RINOS who are aiding and abetting the big-government-spending of the Pelosi/Bernie/Schumer TROIKA

    Oh well, Bernie is true to form.

    After all, for him, it is logical to increase government spending.
    He has done that since he was a little boy
    For him, it t is logical not to adequately fund the police

    It is very simple.

    He is an arm-waving, face-making, rabble rouser.
    He loves Socialism-style disorder, and centralized government command/control
    He even celebrated his honeymoon in the USSR
    The Russians played him like a fiddle, and he lapped it up.

    Lenin, who “introduced” Communism to Russia more than 100 years ago, also was a rabble rouser, stirring up and taking advantage of people’s various dissatisfactions, promising a chicken in every Proletariat pot, paid for by those evil capitalists, such as Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bozos, without whom the US would be economically much less stronger.

    The USSR could only WISH to have such people. Bernie wants to destroy them.

    Bernie would irresponsibly GROW the federal government even more by adding a multitude of programs, plus another $3.5 to $5 TRILLION to the already-very-high US NATIONAL DEBT, FOR STARTERS, without blinking an eye.

    • Joe Manchin “appears” to be the only sane Democrat is exactly the problem. Anyone who is still a Democrat since the 60’s is a member of the Communist Party.

  3. Page 1066 of the infrastructure bill would require that all new cars automatically/passively monitor driver’s blood alcohol level and driving performance and prevent using the vehicle if the car believes you are impaired, effective three years from passage.

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