How did Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin move away from a sharp divide to a seemingly smooth accord? They didn’t get everything they wanted.
The Vermont senator did not say he would oppose the measure. But he said it should be amended before it passes, to include priorities he said had been left out — to address homelessness, student debt, child care and Medicare.
The West Virginia senator’s declaration sent shockwaves through Washington and in Montpelier, where officials hoped Congressional action might put a significant dent in some of the state’s most pressing — and expensive — policy problems.
Vermont’s senators remained staunchly opposed, as state officials tried to gauge the impact of the proposal on the state.