Manchin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal ‘Should Not Be Conditional’

Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va) addresses a news conference at the Government House in Annapolis, Md., April 23, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The West Virginia senator’s comment from mid-June underscores how Biden undermined talks by abruptly linking the bill to a social-welfare spending package.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t the White House on Thursday, President Biden, flanked by a group of five Democratic senators and five Republican senators, announced: “We have a deal.”

The deal that Biden and the ten senators had agreed to was a legislative framework to spend $579 billion on infrastructure over the next five years.

Biden noted that Republicans hadn’t agreed to include any of his social-welfare spending in the deal.

“We’ll see what happens in a reconciliation bill in the budget process,” Biden said of the spending proposals not included in the deal. “If we get some compromise there, and if we can’t, see if I


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