Asked about his private comments to senators, Manchin told CNN on Thursday night that the timing of the vote depends on when the Senate parliamentarian rules on what parts of the bill comply with the chamber’s strict rules.
“Debt and inflation are a big concern for me,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “Basically we should pay for what we’re doing.”
Manchin said on Thursday that if Schumer tries to force him to make a decision by putting a bill on the floor, “I wouldn’t have any idea how I’m going to vote until I walk in.”
If he voted no, as Republicans hope, it would sink the bill in the 50-50 Senado.
Another influential moderate Democrat
, Su. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona
, did not commit to voting for the President’s sweeping social safety net legislation in an interview with CNN
Following the passage of the economic bill in the House
, Schumer said Senate Democrats would try to negotiate with Manchin and Sinema to address their disagreements on the size and scope of the package
“The House did a very strong bill. Everyone knows that Manchin and Sinema have their concerns, but we’re going to try to negotiate with them and get a very strong, bold bill out of the Senate, which will then go back to the House and pass,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said during a news briefing in late November.