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How Manchin’s Attack on ‘Budget Gimmicks’ Could Be Death Knell for Biden Agenda

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks to reporters as he departs the U.S. Capitol after a vote in the Senate, June 10, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Senator Joe Manchin just effectively blew up any hopes Democrats had of passing President Biden’s domestic agenda before a potential Glenn Younkgin victory on Tuesday. But it was a point Manchin made about the use of “budget gimmicks” by fellow Democrats that could doom the Biden agenda.

Manchin reiterated his concerns about “exploding inflation,” the debt, the potential for rising interest rates, and the creation of new social spending programs. “How can I in good conscience vote for a bill that proposes massive expansions of social programs when vital programs like Social Security and Medicare face insolvency and benefits could start

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