Manchin introduces bill to ‘ease’ cliff

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has introduced a new bill that he says would soften the impact of going over the fiscal cliff.

It's called the Cliff Alleviation at the Last Minute (CALM) Act, and Manchin says he's not happy to author it.

"This is not a great plan, merely a better plan than going over the cliff," Manchin said in a floor speech. "It should never have come to this.”

The measure would phase in the looming tax increases over three years, rather than all at once, and allow the Office of Management and Budget to pick which programs would be cut rather than having the across-the-board cuts contained in sequestration.

For more, see the senator's Web site here.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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