Democrats are about to make the big push to force through a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
Both Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have resisted using reconciliation.
As I suspected, Manchin was the first to break, but not all is lost here.
Manchin has repeatedly said that he would not back any reconciliation for infrastructure spending.
He has gone back on his word before, and he is about to do it again, albeit with a caveat.
Manchin wants no parts of the $3.5 trillion plan, but he will go for $1.5 trillion, which gives Biden hope.
In fact, after Manchin made his announcement, Joe Biden stated, “Joe, at the end, has always been there.
“He’s always been with me. I think we can work something out.
“And I look forward to speaking with him.”
If there is one thing that I have learned over the last few years, Manchin does a lot of barking and does not have much bite.
I had been fooled by him before, but no more.
He went from nothing to $1.5 trillion in just a few weeks, so what does the future hold on this front?
Here is my guess… Biden will come down from $3.5 trillion just a bit, and Manchin will sign off on, which means all hope now rests on Sinema to block this ridiculous spending by Democrats.
Sinema, somehow, has managed to stay under the radar, but that will change soon.
Manchin was all the rage after his op-ed, appearing to make a stand, but that was clearly just posturing to make it look like he is putting up a fight for his constituents.
After Manchin breaks, you better believe all eyes and every pound of pressure that Democrats can apply will be focused on Sinema.