Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Democrats craft billionaire tax with deal in reach Democrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion MORE (D-W.Va.) said Thursday he gives President Trump the benefit of the doubt in not seeking a big tax cut on the rich and wants to sit down with his Republican colleagues on the issue.
“I believe the president when he says it’s not going to be a tax cut for the rich ... I don’t think that was his intention,” Manchin, who was invited to dinner with Trump as part of the president’s courtship of red-state Democrats, told The Hill.
“I’m open to sitting down; I want to have a seat at the table.”
The conservative Democrat is up for reelection in 2018 in a state Trump won in the presidential election and has a target on his back from Republicans looking to expand their majority in the Senate.
While Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Biden hopes for deal on economic agenda before Europe trip The Senate is setting a dangerous precedent with Iron Dome funding MORE (D-N.Y.) and many other Democrats blasted the GOP tax framework as “wealth-fare” and a massive giveaway to the rich, Manchin was more reserved.
Asked about Schumer’s criticisms, he said: “I’m not going to call it anything, I’m not going to cast stones and call names. I want to sit down and work for something that is good for America,” he said.
But he then added: “What I don’t want is my grandchildren further in debt.”
The GOP’s outline for tax reform could cost the country $2.2 trillion in lost revenue over a decade, according to a preliminary study by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a fiscally conservative advocacy group.