Manchin breaks with Dems on debt

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Harry Reid won't have fellow Democrat Joe Manchin's vote when he moves his debt ceiling bill through the Senate. From Politico:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) isn't just breaking ranks with his party on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to raise the debt ceiling, he can't support Speaker John Boehner’s proposal either.

Neither plan, Manchin said, will solve the nation’s fiscal problems. He suggested that spending cuts needed to be closer to $4 trillion over a decade, like Standard and Poor’s has called for. And the short-term nature of Boehner’s proposal only risks further uncertainty and stalemate down the road, the freshman senator said.

“Each falls far short, whether it’s in time or dollars,” Manchin said. “The truth is, both of the plans being discussed … do not really solve the nation’s long-term fiscal problems as presented.”

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