White House ‘confident’ Senator Manchin will support social spending bill

The White House has replied Senator Joe Manchin who told reporters on Monday that he will only support a Build Back Better plan that is “fiscally responsible” and that will “create jobs.”

Manchin accused progressive Democrats of holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage and vowed not to support President Biden’s $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation package without “greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation and debt” on the American economy.

But the White House said it remains confident that the Senator from West Virginia will eventually support the reconciliation package.

“Senator Manchin says he is prepared to support a Build Back Better plan that combats inflation, is fiscally responsible, and will create jobs. The plan the House is finalizing meets those tests—it is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit, and brings down costs for health care, child care, elder care, and housing,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“Experts agree: Seventeen Nobel Prize-winning economists have said it will reduce inflation. As a result, we remain confident that the plan will gain Senator Manchin’s support,” she added.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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