Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) said Thursday that he will vote against any new $1.1 trillion package that would include money for infrastructure, health care and other spending.
That’s a stark contrast to GOP leaders who are now pushing a $2 trillion package, which includes billions for infrastructure and more money for the Veterans Administration.
Manchin said he’s still looking at the full bill, but added that he’s not sure it’s needed.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be helpful to me, if we can get a bill done, I’m not going to support it,” he said.
The president has indicated he’s open to a $10 trillion stimulus package, but Manchin’s statement suggests the president is willing to move forward with the idea of another package, if the spending plan fails to pass the House.
The White House has yet to formally release the final spending plan for a new stimulus package.
The administration’s plan would have raised the federal debt ceiling and extended unemployment benefits, which would have been needed to finance the package.
That would have forced Congress to pass another $1,000 stimulus check.
The House has passed two other $1 billion stimulus bills this year, and Manchin, along with other senators, said they don’t do enough to help struggling Americans.
He also said the $1-trillion spending bill is still too large and would do nothing to help the economy.
“The plan to help Americans is not enough to get us out of this crisis,” he told The Hill.
“We need to get it to $1.”
The Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer (D) of New York, told reporters Thursday that Republicans should “go to hell” and vote against the $2-trillions package.
Schumer said he expects to push a separate bill, which he said would include more money to help people with student loan debt.
“If they pass the Senate’s bill, I think that will be a great victory for the American people,” Schumer said.
“But the President has already said he’ll sign the $5 trillion plan if it includes $1,” Schumer added.
The new White House budget proposal also would provide $1 in tax relief to people making $50,000 or more a year, according to a White House statement.
It would also provide an additional $500 billion in aid to states and cities to help address their chronic underfunding of infrastructure.
But the White House also says the plan would provide only $100 billion in additional revenue to the federal government over the next decade.
In its budget, the administration also would reduce the federal deficit by $2.9 trillion over the course of the next 10 years.
But Trump’s budget proposal would still leave the federal budget debt far higher than the $19.5 trillion mark it passed in 2017.