U.S. Democrat Manchin opposed to using reconciliation to pass legislation

FILE PHOTO: Chairman Joe Manchin, D-WV, looks on during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. February 23, 2021. Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said on Wednesday he is opposed to using a procedural process known as reconciliation to pass legislation without Republican support, dealing a potential blow to President Joe Biden’s chances of passing a huge infrastructure bill.

“I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace regular order in the Senate,” Manchin said in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. “Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues,” he said.

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