Manchin signals he's OK with Biden spending vote this year

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint MORE (D-W.Va.) signaled on Wednesday that he's OK with a plan to vote on President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE's $1.75 trillion social and climate spending bill by the end of the year — a day after warning that he had concerns with the Christmas timeline. 

"I'm not in charge of the timing. Whatever they want to do is fine with me," Manchin told reporters, asked if he was comfortable bringing up the spending bill this year.  

Pressed if he was OK with bringing it up this year, Manchin added:  "Whatever they wanna do is fine. ... If we're gonna vote, vote." 


Manchin's comments come as he's repeatedly warned Democrats against rushing the bill, which has been repeatedly delayed in the House, and pieces of which are still being negotiated by Democrats in the Senate. 

Asked about the timeline to pass the bill by the end of the year, Manchin told reporters Tuesday he has a “a lot of concerns." 

Manchin notably didn't say on Wednesday if he supported the spending bill. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Lobbyists turn to infrastructure law's implementation Democrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos MORE (D-Ore.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Advocates see pilot program to address inequalities from highways as crucial first step Democrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos MORE (D-Del.) have said they are continuing talks with Manchin over tax and climate provisions, respectively. 

Manchin has also raised concerns about the inclusion of a paid leave plan and a nicotine tax. 

House Democrats are aiming to pass Biden's spending plan this week and Senate Democrats want to vote on it by the end of the year. Congress is facing a packed end of year calendar including funding the government, a Dec. 15 deadline on the debt ceiling and a massive defense bill that eats up floor time.  

To pass the bill in the Senate, Democrats will need total unity from all 50 members of their caucus, which they don't have yet. Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (D-Ariz.) hasn't said if she supports the bill and other Democratic senators acknowledge they haven't read it yet. 

"The BBB is very important to America. We believe it's very popular with Americans. We aim to pass it before Christmas," Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Tuesday.