Manchin criticized both the House Republican proposal, H.R. 1, and a Senate Democrat amendment as "partisan and unrealistic." He said the Democratic amendment would cut just $6.5 billion, and said this small cut "utterly ignores our fiscal reality."
"We must turn our financial ship around, but Senate proposal continues to sail forward as if there's no storm on the horizon," Manchin said.
But he also criticized the Republican bill as something that "blindly hacks" at spending. He said cuts to Head Start, border security, and education need to be more thought out.
Manchin criticized the process and today's planned procedural votes on both proposals, both of which are expected to fail in the Senate.
"This whole process does not make a lot of sense to me, and I'm afraid it doesn't make sense to a lot of West Virginians or a lot of our fellow Americans," Manchin said. "We will likely have votes on two proposals today, and both options are partisan and unrealistic, and neither one will pass."
"Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negations, our president, has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?" he asked.