Schumer reacts to Manchin's 'serious concerns' about Dems' $3.5T spending plan: 'We have to come together'
Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday morning said he has "serious concerns" about his party's massive $3.5 trillion spending plan, signaling that he may intend to block much of the package supported by President Biden over inflation and debt concerns.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he's confident Sen. Joe Manchin's "serious concerns" about Democrats' massive $3.5 trillion spending plan won't stand in the way of the package that's a key part of President Biden's agenda.
"Early this morning, I voted ‘YES’ on a procedural vote to move forward on the budget reconciliation process because I believe it is important to discuss the fiscal policy future of this country," Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a statement. "However, I have serious concerns about the grave consequences facing West Virginians and every American family if Congress decides to spend another $3.5 trillion."
Among Manchin's concerns are the national debt and inflation. But Schumer said at a Wednesday press conference he thinks Democrats will eventually approve a bill with all of Biden's agenda – although he was light on specifics.