"He will not have my vote on 3.5 [trillion dollars]," Manchin told CNN's "State of the Union." "Chuck knows that. We've talked about this.
"We already put out $5.4 trillion and tried to help Americans in every way we possibly can. A lot of the help we put out there is still there and is going to run until next year 2022."
"What's the urgency? What's the urgency we have? It's not the same urgency we had with the American Rescue Plan. We got that out the door quickly, about $2 trillion. On top of that, with the C.A.R.E.S package, leading up to that."
"There's still an awful lot of people you need to help, but you have 11 million jobs that aren't filled right now. Something is not matching up. Don't you think we ought to hit the pause and find out?"
Manchin told NBC's "Meet the Press" he is a "hard no" at $3.5 trillion and announced he will not be the "lone vote" against it. "I've said if I can't go home and explain it, I'm not going to vote for it," Manchin told host Chuck Todd.
Manchin's greatest sticking point on adding another $3.5 trillion in spending is the unspent cash from the coronavirus relief packages from the past 18 months. "There's $60 billion that's not out the door yet," Manchin told CNN host Dana Bash. "Only thing I'm saying is why the urgency to spend another $300 billion toward that when you don't have $60 billion that went out?
"Why are we not able to get into that, to make sure that the administration is able to disperse the money to get it to where it needs to help."
Pressed on what his figure for the budget would be, Manchin did propose it is fluid. "My ceiling is this: The need of the American people, for us to basically take into consideration inflation," Manchin stated. "No one is concerned about the debt. Our debt as of Friday was $28.75 trillion."
The more urgent need is the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that has already passed the Senate and is sitting in the House, Manchin announced, even if Democrats are expecting to bundle the large spending bills together to send to President Joe Biden's desk.
"The bottom line is, do we have the urgency to spend another $3.5 trillion right now?" Manchin stated. "The most urgent thing we have to do is get the bipartisan infrastructure bill that's gone left unattended for over 30 years, deferred maintenance throughout every part of our nation."