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Joe Manchin Is America’s Last Hope Against Dems Gone Wild

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Joe Manchin is pumping the brakes.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a deadline of Sept. 27 for Congress to deliver both the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that has already cleared the Senate and a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, the Democratic senator from West Virginia says that’s not happening.

“We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” he said Sunday. “There’s no way we can get this done by the 27th if we do our jobs.”

He’s right. Without the support of every Senate Democrat, the reconciliation bill won’t pass. And Manchin is not alone in his opposition, though he is the most vocal member of the Democratic resistance. In addition to his concerns about the rushed deadline, Manchin is flatly saying that the $3.5 trillion price tag is too rich for his blood (though who knows how many trillions he will end up compromising on, later?).

The bigger question is: Why are we doing this in the first place? Most people don’t realize just how much money we’re........

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