Democrat Joe Manchin releases statement saying he doesn’t support the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin released a statement saying he had major concerns about the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. 

The statement, released on the Democrat’s official Senate website cited what he called the “solemn duty” of every member of Congress to “vote for what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party.”

“Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question – how much is enough?” Manchin said.

Democrats have been pushing for the massive bill as the deadline to approve a budget rapidly approaches, and every single vote from Senate Democrats will likely be needed to pass the whopping bill.

“What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity,” Manchin said.

“Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax.

“Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make.”

The West Virginia Senator said that he has not wavered in his belief that the expansion of social programs has to be done in such a way that people in need only benefit and that it cannot be done outside of what is “fiscally possible.”

It appears that Manchin is calling on his fellow Democrats to make some effort of balancing their account books before they attempt to take on more bills to pay. A seemingly reasonable request that has been met with aggressive derision by his colleagues.

“While I am hopeful that common ground can be found that would result in another historic investment in our nation, I cannot – and will not – support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces. There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.”