Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders has slammed Democratic Senator Joe Manchin for not supporting the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
Manchin on Sunday called for a strategic pause on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution.
"The urgency -- I can't understand why we can't take time to deliberate on this and work," Manchin told ABC News on Sunday.
In response, Sanders said Manchin’s lack of support for the spending package, which is crucial to President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, was “not acceptable.”
"No, it's absolutely not acceptable to me. I don't think it's acceptable to the president, to the American people, or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the Democratic Caucus," Sanders told CNN.
“This is a consequential bill, it is hard to put a bill like this together at the end of the day I believe we will,” Sanders added.
Sanders said he was hopeful the Senate would pass the spending bill package this week in order for the House to pass the measure by September 27.
The package would include funding for climate measures, new investments in infrastructure, residency status for millions of migrant workers and two years of paid tuition at public universities.
Centrist senators Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have sounded the alarm on what they call overspending. Manchin reportedly wants the total to drop to as low as $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion g package that will address child nutrition, unemployment, and adjusting the tax code.