Dispute over investment packages – Biden relies on Senator Manchin
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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – US President Joe Biden relies on the support of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in the month-long dispute over two investment packages he has initiated in Congress. “I understand that Joe pays attention to the exact details to ensure that nothing has slipped through the formulation of the legal text,” said Biden on Tuesday at his final press conference at the world climate summit in Glasgow. “But I think we can do it.” In the end, some people will vote for the legislative package with billions in investments in social and climate change.
Without Manchin, the Democrats would not have a majority in the Senate. The Senator announced on Monday that he would not be able to approve the legislative package without being clear about the consequences for the national deficit. When asked how he would convince his own Democrats and Republicans to invest more money in climate protection, Biden said, “Because we want to be able to breathe.”
All of a sudden, people would see things they never thought would happen, Biden said, referring to extreme weather. “In Queens, New York, people are drowning in their basements from flooding and rain.” Biden was alluding to the devastating storms around two months ago, which caused severe flooding in the entire region. Numerous people died at that time.
The Democrats have been rubbing themselves apart for months in an intra-party wing fight over Biden’s investment packages. Left MPs of the party in the House of Representatives are making their approval for a package with investments in infrastructure dependent on a majority in the Senate for the larger social and climate package. Biden already had to massively cut this package because of the resistance of conservative democrats like Manchin./nau/DP/he
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