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Manchin abandons his pledge! Not Surprised

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa. defended his role in pushing through President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on “Special Report” Tuesday after the bill passed the Senate without a single Republican vote.

Critics accused Manchin of abandoning his earlier pledge not to vote down the party line on the final legislation unless Congress could make it “work in a bipartisan way.”

“What happened?” host Bret Baier asked.

Manchin insisted that there was “an awful lot of Republican input in that bill that I worked on and the things I was able to put in there,” pointing specifically to provisions involving directo funding to counties and municipalities. as well as capping unemployment insurance benefits at $300.

The Democrat acknowledged that the final $1.9 trillion price tag was a long way from the $1.4 trillion figure that Republicans were willing to support.

“I believed we could have done a bill hopefully in that $1.4, $1.5 range, but that wasn’t to be,” he said. “At the end of the day, you had to look at basically what we were doing to help America, helping different people throughout this country, and trying to get the country back on its feet.

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