When it’s time “to count votes on raising the nation’s debt ceiling, the Obama administration may not be able to put Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in its column,” USA Today reports.
The West Virginia senator, who is up for re-election in 2012, is expected to make another high-profile break today from President Obama when he is to tell a university audience that he won’t vote to allow the government to borrow more money unless the proposal comes with a plan to cut back on spending and reduce debt.
“I will vote to against raising the debt ceiling unless the vote is linked to a real budget plan that begins to fix our fiscal mess,” Manchin will say, according to excerpts reported by Politico and other news organizations.
“We cannot make budgets based on the next eletion; they must be based on the next generation,” the Democrat will say.
Treasury estimates “the U.S. will reach the debt ceiling sometime between April 15 and May 31.”