As the alleged 50th vote on the legislation, the right-wing Democratic Senator has an immense hold on Biden’s agenda, making it clear on Monday that he intends to use it if the president pushes infrastructure legislation through Congress.
“Basically, the bill will not end this way,” Manchin said in his radio interview on Monday. “If I don’t vote for it, it’s going nowhere. So we’re going to have leverage here. And it’s more than just me, hoppy six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about it. “
Manchin said he would like to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 25 percent, but the United States “needs to be competitive and we will not exercise caution”. Biden told reporters Monday that he was “not at all” concerned about driving companies overseas at the higher rate: “There is no evidence of this.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Manchin’s comments were part of the give and take of future negotiations and defended Biden’s proposal to pay his large spending bill as “responsible”.
He also signaled that he wants to focus more on infrastructure and continue to want a bipartisan buy-in, despite saying his Republican counterparts “can’t just go against everything”.
While Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill have voiced hope that the president’s infrastructure priorities could be passed with bilateral support, even the most approachable GOP Senators have expressed reservations about the scope of the law and the price it will cost . Without the backing of at least 10 Republican Senators, Democrats could pass an infrastructure package on the budget vote, a blunt tool that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer uses to handle a GOP filibuster and legislate with its 50 members and the tie of Vice President Kamala Harris can. Break voices.
But even if they take that approach, Democrats I can’t get around Manchin who said “this bill won’t be in the same shape” when it is passed.
Quint Forgey contributed to this report.