In blow to Biden, Joe Manchin will not commit to backing $1.75 trillion spending bill

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By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda suffered a significant setback on Monday when moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced he would not yet support a $1.75 trillion framework unveiled late last week. “I won’t support a multi-trillion bill without greater clarity,” Manchin, a holdout who has often served as a critical roadblock to Biden’s agenda, told reporters. He portrayed the bill as being filled with “shell games” and “budget gimmicks” that would end up costing far more than its $1.75 trillion price tag. Instead, Manchin demanded immedi…

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