The New York Times

In Spending Bill, Democrats Rely on Budget Gimmicks They Once Derided

WASHINGTON — At an impromptu news conference this week, Sen. Joe Manchin lamented the “shell games” and “budget gimmicks” he said his party was using to artificially reduce the $1.85 trillion price tag of the spending bill moving through Congress, saying the real cost was probably double that amount. “This is a recipe for economic crisis,” Manchin, D-W.Va., warned, suggesting that he would not support a bill without understanding its potential impact on the economy. Four years ago, as Republican


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