Manchin, Sanders Square Off in Heated Closed-Door Meeting on Spending Proposals: ‘We Should Pause for Six Months’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reportedly squared off with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday over the Democratic Party’s spending plans, with a $6 trillion divide sitting between them.

“There was a vigorous, 10-minute discussion,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said, recounting the exchange for Axios. “Bernie said, ‘$6 trillion.’ “[Manchin] said, ‘We shouldn’t do it at all. This will contribute to inflation. We’ve already passed the American Rescue Plan. We should just pass the
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