Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has issued a statement over his refusal to back his party’s $3.5 trillion spending plan, calling “trillions more on new and expanded government programs” the “definition of fiscal insanity” when we “can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security.”
Full statement below (emphasis ours):
“Every Member of Congress has a solemn duty to vote for what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party. Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question — how much is enough?