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Bernie Sanders Blasts Manchin's Try To Trim $3.5 Trillion Budget: "Not Acceptable"

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders said Sunday that his colleague from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, backing out of support for Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget is "absolutely not acceptable."

"I would guess at least 40 Democrats out of 50 understand that we need at least $6 trillion. So that's already been a significant compromise," Sanders said about the $3.5 trillion figure.

"The bottom line here is, if you think about the House as well, these two bills, the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill, are marching down the path together," Sanders said. "Mr. Manchin, I know, worked very hard on the bipartisan bill. It would be a terrible thing for the American people if both of those bills failed. They are linked together. They're going to go forward together."


SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: As you may know, many of us made a major compromise in going from the $6 trillion bill that we wanted, supported by the overwhelming majority of Democrats, down to 3.5. And the last point that I would make on this, I know that Senator Manchin worked very hard on what's called the bipartisan infrastructure bill, $550 billion of new money to rebuild our roads and our bridges. What we have worked on is working both of those bills in tandem. They go together. And it would be a really sad state of affairs for the American people, for Congress, if both of those bills went down...

You may know this. I'm chairman of the Budget Committee. On the Budget Committee are 11 Democrats. Nine of them were prepared to support a $6 trillion bill. I would guess at least 40 Democrats out of 50 understand that we need at least $6 trillion. So that's already been a significant compromise. But the bottom line here is, if you think about the House as well, these two bills, the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill, are marching down the path together... Mr. Manchin, I know, worked very hard on the bipartisan bill. It would be a terrible thing for the American people if both of those bills fail -- failed. They are linked together. They're going to go forward together.
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