Sen. Manchin says no price limit should be set for infrastructure plan

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., helped craft the bipartisan proposal. (Toni Sandys/Pool/The Washington Post via AP)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D- W.Va., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for FY2021 on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 8:36 AM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) scoffed at calls from the GOP to cut the cost of Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure plan. On Thursday, the West Virginia lawmaker said Congress should not put limits on the amount to be spent on infrastructure.

This comes as Republicans are preparing their own proposal, which would cut the bill’s spending from the Democrats’ $4 trillion to $800 billion. Additionally, there’s push-back on where the money will come from.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) noted that she intends to draw a “red line” in raising corporate taxes to fund the infrastructure legislation.

“I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; it had the desired effect of bringing capital back into this country,” she stated. “No corporate burdens, higher wages lower unemployment, better diversity in the workforce than we’re ever seen, historic highs.”

Regardless, Manchin said Democrats will spend whatever it takes, “even $4 trillion as long as it is paid for.”

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