Manchin on Not Voting for $3.5 Trillion Bill: What’s the Urgency? A Lot of Help Is Going Through Until Next Year
MANCHIN: "What's the urgency? What's the urgency that we have? It's not the same urgency that we have with the American Rescue Plan. We got that out the door quick, it was about $2 billion — $2 trillion. And on top of that, all the things we have got with the CARES package, everything leading up to that. So, we have done an awful lot and there's still an awful lot of people that need help. But you have 11 million jobs that aren't filled right now. 8 million people are still unemployed. Something's not matching up. Don't you think we ought to hit the pause and find out? The vulnerability that we have, Dana, right now, we don't know what is happening with this COVID. It's awful, coming back the way it is with a vengeance. And we don't know about inflation. We know it's running rampant right now. I can tell you, in West Virginia, inflation's running rampant. And, on top of that, the challenges we're going to have, geopolitical challenges. Shouldn't we be prepared?"