Manchin continues to get hate from the left.
Senate Democrats are not fond of the latest proposal by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) which appears to be a scaled-down version of the Build Back Better agenda Biden had proposed. Part of the reason for this is that big parts of the spending on child care, universal pre-kindergarten, national paid family leave, and long-term home health care are being left out with the new plan.
Manchin is currently suggesting that they should focus on one 10-year program to focus on while spending the other half of the revenues generated by the tax reform and prescription drug reform to combat the high inflation. Limited spending on climate programs is also suggested.
In a statement, Manchin noted that the U.S. needed to “get its fiscal house in order” before it can start taking on new spending plans. Still, many Democrats are unhappy with this plan and were so far looking to support the reforms and expansion of child care access. Manchin does not agree with other senators as the inflation rate which has reached a 40-year high shows that they can’t add any more to the country’s deficit.
“If he wants to focus on an economic package, then he needs to remember child care is an economic issue,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in response to the new proposal. “We have many, many, many parents at home today because they cannot get child care. We have people who can’t work in the child care industry because they don’t make a living wage,” adding. “If we want to have an economy that’s firing on all cylinders, we want people to be able to go back to work.”
Finally, she noted “Let me point out, that affects inflation. When you don’t have enough workers, then prices go up.”
Still, Manchin’s argument is raising doubts about the billions of dollars in spending that the new programs would call for.