By Nicole Via y Rada
WASHINGTON Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Meet up with the Press today to go over the facts of his newly struck reconciliation cope with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The offer could give Democrats a much-needed boost before November, but Manchin wasnt ready to endorse Democratic control of the home and Senate.
Im likely to use whatever I’ve, Manchin said.
I believe the Democrats have great candidates which are running. Theyre good people Ive caused.” He continued, “I’ve a tremendous level of respect and friendship with my Republican colleagues. THEREFORE I could work on either side quickly.
Asked if he’s got a preference for the outcome of the November elections, Manchin responded he was more comfortable with regardless of the voters choose.
I cant decide whats likely to happen in Kansas or California or Texas. I must say i cant. Manchin continued, Ive always taken the approach, whoever you send me, thats your representative, and I respect them. I respect hawaii for individuals they send, and I give it my far better use them, to accomplish the very best for my country. I dont play the politics this way. I dont enjoy it this way. Thats not who I’m.
Negotiations for the Democrats energy and spending bill began in April, Manchin disclosed, but was kept under wraps in order to avoid drama. Manchin said that Democrats have already been working and negotiating on / off very quietly.
Regardless of the agreement, the bills future continues to be uncertain, partly due to questions over Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-Ariz.) support. I’d like to think she’d be favorable towards it, but I respect her decision. Shell make her very own decision in line with the contents, Manchin said.
A source near Sen. Sinema tells NBC News that Sinema wasnt contained in talks with Democrats, however the deal carries a tax provision she’s been clear and in keeping with opposing.