Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Democrats must act quickly to pass the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, after moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who holds a key vote, called for pausing further action on the bill until the current inflation is assessed. “You can’t slow it down,” Sanders told The New York Times in an interview this weekend while in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was championing the sweeping legislation. The $3.5 trillion package (pdf) contains a whole host of climate change and social program items, including mandating green-energy vehicles, universal childcare, universal preschool, free community college, and expanding Medicare. Sens. Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have been the most vocal among Democrats about not supporting the level of spending in the budget resolution because of its possible effects on the economy. Manchin wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, “A pause is warranted because it will provide more clarity on the trajectory …


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