Joe Manchin voted to advance the $3.5 trillion budget bill — now he says Democrats should press pause

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Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, center, speaks with members of the media following a meeting with Texas Democrats outside of his hideaway office in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesSen. Joe Manchin just made it clear Democrats have work to do to win his vote for their sprawling economic plan — and prevent President Joe Biden's agenda from collapsing.The West Virginia Democrat on Thursday urged party leaders to "pause" their consideration of a massive $3.5 trillion spending bill. Democrats aim to approve the measure, which would invest in climate policy and social programs, in the coming weeks without Republican support.Manchin voted last month to pass a $3.5 trillion budget resolution, the first step in the reconciliation process that allows Democrats to move forward without the GOP. At the time, he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., signaled they would oppose the final bill
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