Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinProtesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Security policy expert: Defense industry donations let lawmakers 'ignore public opinion' Manchin cast doubt on deal this week for .5T spending bill MORE (W.Va.), a key moderate Democrat, said on Sunday that he can't support President BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.
"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," Manchin said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work. We have 11 million jobs that we haven't filled, 8 million people still unemployed. Something's not matching up there," he added.
Manchin also said he would look at adjusting the tax code first if he were writing the bill from scratch.
On CNN's "State of the Union," Manchin told host Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE that he didn't support the timeline of voting on the measure this week so that the House could pass it by Sept. 27.
"There's no way we can get this done by the 27th if we do our job," he said.
Manchin added that Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Congress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda Schumer gets shoutout, standing ovation from crowd at Tony Awards MORE (D-N.Y.) "will not have my vote, and Chuck knows that."
Manchin earlier this month advised Democrats to "hit the pause button" on Biden's plan.
"Let’s sit back. Let’s see what happens," he said at an event in West Virginia. "We have so much on our plate. We really have an awful lot. I think that would be the prudent, wise thing to do."
Updated at 10:40 a.m.