As the Dems accelerate forward, Manchin pumps the brakes: ‘No time’

“What is needed? There is no timeline. I want to understand it, ”Manchin said in an interview on Thursday on his way to his office. “I don’t think there will be an end. At the moment, we have a good children’s health, a lot of the stuff that’s covered right now [into] next year.”

The idea of ​​a bicameral agreement to reconcile before Monday’s House vote on a bipartisan property bill seems absurd. Democrats want all 50 of their members to vote for a bill in the Senate, which allows Manchin to draft a bill aimed at raising taxes for the rich, increasing child welfare problems, fighting climate change and increasing access to education.

But even as the West Virginian takes his time, there is good news for Democrats who are concerned that Biden’s system may collapse between free and moderate fighters over size and the rule of law. For his part, Manchin seems to be committed to doing something to be done rather than fighting to stop the reconciliation bill altogether.

“I don’t think Joe is unreasonable, I think, look at the cashier, right? So, $ 3.5 trillion is a lot of money, it shakes his soul, ”said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “We can come at a time when we are all happy. Maybe you didn’t laugh, but you’re happy. ”

There are already unseen signs of travel along Biden’s path. Manchin admits his advice to “pause wisely” is not welcomed by his colleagues, so he understands that he and 49 other senators in the Democratic Caucus must continue to move forward, even though the move is detrimental to those seeking immediate action.

“I kept telling her to stop. I thought because this is a big deal. I can now say that they are not moving to stop and seek to stop, ”said Manchin. “I don’t know what time it is, but I want to understand that before I do anything.”

Manchin also met with a representative during the interview, who asked for his vote to be reconciled. Manchin was impulsive but strengthened by the courtesy, saying, “See? All right. Everyone is hopeful.” now, urging Manchin not to “make us go broken.”

And Manchin has been the subject of intense pressure, from his fellow Senate dictatorships and at two meetings with Biden in recent days. He says much of it will be in vain, although Democrats secretly complain that Manchin is slow to offer the inevitable negotiation.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Is not hitting him too hard, and Senate Majority President Chuck Schumer, who has been close to Manchin for years, recently made the point of praising the West Virginia Democrat at the Senate level to work on voting rights.

“Everyone knows me well. My thoughts are my thoughts, not theirs, ”said Manchin. “I don’t think I can do anything to change their minds. I think Bernie [Sanders] she is honest, has a friendly attitude and is the one who is reaching her heart. I hope he respects me. I’m not close to that. ”

Some of his colleagues think Manchin could cut the deal sooner next week, others say it is a nightmare. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Said he had “no idea” if he could reach an agreement with Manchin in the next few days.

“I would be surprised if he cut the deal that allowed him to make this drop,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “He does not change.”

For Manchin, not being a volunteer but open to advancing the position of signature for him – he usually does not like to be knocked down until the time of voting. The senator of the coal-fired state reiterated questions about the party’s demand for clean electronic technology.

Sen. Kyrsten Style (D-Ariz.), Who is often associated with Manchin, gave Democrats more to work with than Manchin. He told Arizona Republic he likes the weather which Manchin does not like.

A Democratic senator, who was not named for public speaking, said that Sinema and Manchin are taking “confrontational” approaches when it comes to the democratic process, even though they remain stubborn.

“Kyrsten knows that there is a time, there must be an event,” said the senator, while Manchin is “beginning to take it at first glance and saying ‘I’m happy to support this or that or this but not in this way or not at this time.'”

However, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said all senators should provide additional information.

“What I want from Joe and Kyrsten, is for them to see problem areas especially in American family planning, which they support. In addition, we can talk about how much more should be included in the project, ”said Hirono.

Despite Manchin’s concerns over spending, Democrats expect him to rise, citing his $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus package as well as his current role in elections and cultural change. At a time when Manchin said he would not support the Democrats’ election signature – even to the point of writing an op-ed explaining his concerns – West Virginian eventually worked with Democratic senators to resolve the dispute.

“None of us want set deadlines and he doesn’t make decisions before he wants to,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Who worked with Manchin on voting rights. “When we love him, he is there. And I would be surprised if this was even different this time. ”

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