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INTERVIEW: Joe Manchin says he's 'very much concerned' about inflation and the national debt. He's not committing to Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending plan yet

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

INTERVIEW: Joe Manchin says he's 'very much concerned' about inflation and the national debt. He's not committing to Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending plan yet

Summary List Placement Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he hasn't decided whether to back the $3.5 trillion price tag of a planned Democratic-only spending package, a major priority of President Joe Biden's.
The key Democratic moderate said in a Friday interview that several factors would weigh into his decision, among them the increasing cost of goods and the nation's growing debt pile. The price of gasoline, used cars, trucks, and other services has shot up as the economy started reopening and run into various crimps in supply chains.
"I'm very much concerned about inflation in our country," Manchin told Insider, stressing how much he's been focused on infrastructure spending and its potential costs. "I'm concerned about the debt that we're carrying and our ability to compete on a global basis... we have to be fiscally responsible."
On Wednesday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona came out against the proposed price tag of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, although she committed to advancing...

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