Manchin: No Deal On Social Spending Bill ‘Anytime Soon’

By Newsmax
Posted on 10/22/21 | News Source: Newsmax

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said on Thursday that Democrats won’t reach an agreement on a wide-ranging social spending bill ”anytime soon,” despite ongoing negotiations within the party.

”This is not going to happen anytime soon, guys,” Manchin told reporters on Thursday. ”They’re trying to get a meeting of the minds.”

He went on to say that Democrats are making ”good progress” on a deal.

”There’s a lot of details,” Manchin said. ”Until you see the text and the fine print, it’s pretty hard to make final decisions.”

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Manchin both met with White House officials on Thursday, but Sinema told CNN’s Manu Raju, when asked if a deal would be reached by Friday, ”Don’t ask me. I can’t answer that question,” adding that ”I don’t negotiate in the press” when pushed.

Manchin added to Raju that ”everything is moving back and forth” when it comes to climate change, and said when asked if increasing revenue is the biggest hurdle that ”It’s hard money. Soft money should go to debt.”