Any Democrat could sink Biden's infrastructure aspirations, and some are flexing their muscles

Joe Manchin
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In the nearly evenly divided Senate and House, the tenuous Democratic majorities need all hands on deck if they hope to pass President Biden's sweeping legislation to boost the economy and help families. That means just about every Democrat has tremendous leverage over what goes into a pending multi-trillion-dollar budget deal, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has shown this year by demanding Democratic bills hew toward the moderate center.

"We're all Joe Manchin right now," says House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

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