Joe Manchin Suggests Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Paid Until This Happens


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West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin suggested he and his colleagues should not be paid until they're able to broker a deal with Republicans over the national debt. In a Thursday speech on the Senate floor, Manchin assailed members of both parties for their inability to reach compromise on a budget deal amid a months-long impasse over President Joe Biden's spending packages and ongoing aid to the Ukrainian military. Republicans are now calling for spending cuts—though they have not specified which ones—against threats to allow the federal government to default on its debt, a move experts say would potentially crater...