Manchin rebuffs progressive push for infrastructure guarantee
|Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday said he will not guarantee he’ll support a fast-track process for a sweeping infrastructure package, rejecting a key demand by progressive senators who want such a pledge in order to support a smaller bipartisan deal.
Manchin stressed hasn’t decided whether he’ll support reconciliation, a process that will let Democrats bypass the 60-vote filibuster, for a massive infrastructure package. But rejected the notion of horse-trading his vote in advance.
“I would never ask any of my colleagues for an iron-clad commitment … and I expect the same from them,” Manchin said, asked about the push from his progressive colleagues for an iron-clad guarantee.