Manchin muscles progressives: I went from zero to $1.5T

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., argues he’s been ‘very upfront and very fair’ with Democrats over the proposed spending package.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that he is “willing to come up from zero” to $1.5 trillion on his fellow Democrats’ planned reconciliation bill and suggested the progressives pushing for a $3.5 trillion package should work to get more liberals elected to pass their agenda.

A memo obtained by Politico and confirmed by a Senate aide shows that Manchin pitched a $1.5 trillion proposal to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in July in which Manchin offered a list of his priorities and called for beginning debate on the reconciliation bill no sooner than Oct. 1.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon / AP Newsroom)

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At the bottom of the memo signed by both Manchin and Schumer, it states in bold print that “Senator…

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