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White House: By golly, this Manchin fellow may not want to spend trillions after all

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Ya think? The White House has spent months trying to find a formula to get Joe Manchin to agree to spending some money on any salvageable part of of Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal. With inflation escalating every month, however, the West Virginia Democrat insists that Biden’s time would be better spent on fiscal discipline and implementing the already-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Are they listening? In a Lloyd Christmas fashion, perhaps:

Biden’s shrinking ambitions are largely the result of failed negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), the ever-elusive 50th vote for the president’s agenda in an evenly divided chamber. White House officials are confronting the “real fear” that they will fail to reach any deal with Manchin — even one that leaves out most of what Biden had initially hoped to accomplish, according to three senior administration officials and three outside advisers in communication with the White House, who

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