“I think there’s a lot of good things — I want to do a tax overhaul. The one thing you understand that all Democrats agreed on, and that’s not a lot of things that we all agreed on right, the 2017 tax cuts were unfair and weighted to the high end," he said.
Manchin added that the social spending bill at the heart of Biden’s agenda should be driven by “what we need and can afford” and not to “reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation or vengefully tax for the sake of wishful spending.”“I cannot — and will not — support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces,” Manchin said, while adding that he hopes a path forward can be found.
"He either needs to give us an offer, or this whole thing is not going to happen. ... We're a 'no' on the bipartisan [infrastructure] bill until we get a vote on the reconciliation bill. ... If anything it makes me more confident. And I can tell you that his statement has just probably created at least a bunch more votes on the House floor against a bipartisan bill," she said.
"If Mr. Manchin is concerned about the deficit ... I'm sure he understands that this bill is not going add one nickel to the deficit because it's all going to be paid for by demanding the wealthy and large corporations ... pay their fair share of taxes," Sanders said.