from FNC Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Manchin says potential deal needs “65-plus votes” in the Senate to help with the House
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) materialized over by the Speaker’s Office…above the office of the Attending Physician..where he went to pick up medicine for his cold. A clutch of reporters
latched onto Manchin.
Manchin on the postponement of the WH mtg:
It’s a good sign for both sides.
I got my Nyquil.
Manchin on if he’s contagious:
We’ll find out won’t you.
Manchin on what the Senate vote means for the House:
It depends on how strong the vote is on the Senate.
You want 65-plus. A good showing helps over in the House.
Manchin on the fact that the payroll tax got 89 Senate yeas and was blown up in the House in Dec of ’11
There’s a little more at stake right now.
* Manchin is unclear on timing.
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill