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Sen. Joe Manchin calls for up to $4 trillion in infrastructure spending as Democrats are poised to control Congress

Sen. Joe Manchin calls for up to $4 trillion in infrastructure spending as Democrats are poised to control Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to the press near the Senate subway following a vote in the Senate impeachment trial that acquitted President Donald Trump of all charges on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. After the House impeached Trump last year, the Senate voted today to acquit the President on two articles of impeachment as the trial concludes.
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said lawmakers should support trillions in infrastructure spending on the eve of Biden's inauguration.




"The most important thing? Do infrastructure," Manchin told Inside West Virginia Politics, a news program.




Biden has introduced a $2 trillion plan to renew the nation's infrastructure and said recently he would unveil a detailed proposal next month.




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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia called for up to $4 trillion in infrastructure spending over the weekend as Democrats are on the verge of controlling Congress for at least the next two years."The most important thing? Do infrastructure. Spend $2, $3, $4 trillion over a 10-year period on infrastructure," he told Inside West Virginia Politics, a news program. "A lot of people have lost their jobs and those jobs aren't coming back. They need a place to work."Manchin will likely wield large influence in a Senate which will be evenly divided between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will cast the tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats narrow control over the chamber.Last year, Biden introduced a $2 trillion plan to invest into clean energy and infrastructure. It includes provisions to expand public transportation, universal broadband, and boosted research and development spending for renewable sources of energy.
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