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Biden’s Economy Reshaping Plan, Looking For Democratic Sen. Manchin’s Nod

In a tough tussle at the Senate, regarding the post-pandemic reshaping budget proposed by Joe Biden, the votes are almost equally divided between the Democrats and the Republicans, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, the Democrats need all the possible votes.

Senator Joe Manchin, who hails from West Virginia, a Republican inclined state rich in metals, natural resources, has leveraged this position to have his voice heard and make major trimmings to the proposed budget.

The changes include alterations and blocking of climate and social programs, as well as cutting down on the initially allocated budget of $3.5 trillion. Manchin has been reluctant to allow clear policy development regarding fossil fuels, trying to dismantle Democratic policies to control climate change.

A number of other issues also see disagreement between Biden and Manchin. Biden drafted the policy to include 12 weeks of paid family leave for new parents, caretakers of ill family members, and those with serious medical conditions, with an allowance of up to $4,000 in wages a month.

While supporting the Democrats on issues of Pre-Kindergarten education, he also expanded to speak upon promoting faith-based centers for child care.

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Electric Vehicle’s charging stations were another matter of contention between the two, as the administration wishes to reward those who adopted clean energy resources like wind, solar, etc., and also penalize those who don’t. The said proposal was expected to help cut carbon emissions by 50% till 2030, as per the projected goals.

On the topic of Medicare health programs for the elderly, on dental, visual, and hearing-related illnesses, Munchin dismissed the proposal as unsustainable as Medicare even with its current scenario is on the path to insolvency by 2026.

“You’ve got to stabilize that first before you look at basic expansion. So if we’re not being fiscally responsible, that’s a concern,” Manchin said.

On a number of separate issues as well, Manchin while disagreeing has been hampering various policy-related benefits and their possible outflow.

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