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Manchin says he has "serious concerns" with size of Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued a statement on Wednesday saying he has "serious concerns" about the size of Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, calling it "simply irresponsible" to continue spending at such high levels.

Why it matters: Senate Democrats cannot lose a single vote in order to pass President Biden's sweeping economic plan via reconciliation, a process that only requires 50 votes rather than the usual 60 to overcome a filibuster.

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