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Manchin Holds Off on Committing to Moving Biden Agenda This Year

  • West Virginia Democrat again raises concerns about inflation
  • Schumer has set ‘goal’ of finishing legislation before holiday
Senator Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Monday he won’t commit yet to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s timetable for moving ahead on President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion tax and spending bill before the end of the year.

The West Virginia lawmaker said he’s still reviewing a version of the legislation passed two weeks ago by the House, and has made no decisions about timing for debate and whether he can support a bill after the Senate completes its own draft. He said he remains opposed to the paid family leave provision in the House measure.