A first step.
That's Sen. Joe Manchin's comment on the federal budget deal announced Tuesday night.
Manchin says he's pleased the bi-partisan agreement replaces automatic sequestration cuts to government agencies with spending reductions.
But he says it still lacks a tax reform measure.
"You have to have corporate and individual tax reform," the senator said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "There has to be fairness to the system. I don't begrudge anyone how much money they're making, as long as they didn't get a 20% break in their tax rate to do it."
The U.S. House is expected to take up the measure before it adjourns friday for the holidays.
Manchin believes the Senate will consider it by this weekend.
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