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Manchin ‘not ruling out’ spending bill above $1.5T

The Joe who’s running the show on negotiations over President Biden’s push for $3.5 trillion in taxpayer-funded social spending, Sen. Joe Manchin, signaled Tuesday he might soften his hardline stance on voting for no more than $1.5 trillion for the Democratic package. 

“Well I’m not ruling anything out, but the bottom line is I want to make sure that we strategically do the right job and we don’t basically add more to the concerns we have right now,” Manchin told reporters when asked if he would consider a range of $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion. 

The West Virginia Democrat’s comments come in the wake of Biden floating that range to a group of party progressives on Monday as moderates like Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raise concerns over the cost and certain provisions in the president’s bill, the Washington Post first reported. 

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