Can you hear the gnashing of teeth coming from DC? That would be the Biden administration and the Democrats grinding their molars together in frustration with Joe Manchin.
The Democrat from West Virginia has done it again. First he killed their authoritarian voting bill. Now he destroys any hope of their $3.5 trillion boondoggle package making it through the Senate. Biden will get less than half of what he wants and maybe less than that.
Of course, people like Bernie Sanders and AOC want Manchin’s head on a platter for this. But Manchin knows he represents a deep red Trump state that will brook no liberal Democrat foolishness from one of its senators.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he won’t support even half of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending. Democrats have no votes to spare if they want to enact Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. https://t.co/GAvpy3lPyJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 12, 2021
FNC: “Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday that he will not vote in favor of his party’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which is a central part of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and needs the support of all 50 Democratic senators to pass.
Appearing on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ Manchin was asked by anchor Dana Bash to respond to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who said Democrats were moving ‘full speed ahead’ on the package for which Manchin previously called for a ‘pause.’ Manchin, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said his main issue with the package is its hefty price tag.”
Manchin put the word out to Schumer and Biden, “He will not have my vote on $3.5 trillion and Chuck knows that. It’s not going to be three and a half I can assure you.” Will fellow Democrats declare war on him? “They have to do what they have to do,” he said. “And if they play politics with the needs of America, I can tell you America will recoil.”
Sanders is howling mad and blaming Manchin for everything under the sun. “I just respectfully disagree with Bernie,” Manchin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I’ve never seen this in legislation. I never thought the purposes of the progress we make in legislation was basically to hold one hostage over the other.” Sanders later said “the real question” is whether it is “appropriate for one person to destroy two pieces of legislation.” It is when you have the votes to do it.