Manchin’s betrayal has created an opening, an opportunity for Democrats to spur a much broader profound and urgent reflection on which party is seeking to serve to their interests.
Republicans are currently courting Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) after he rang the death knell for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which would have been the Biden administration’s most substantial public policy victory.
GOP senators have told Manchin they would welcome him into their caucus if he switched his political allegiances. Although Manchin has given no indication he might flip, Republicans know that they can take the Senate majority if they successfully woo him. Currently, the Senate is evenly split, with Democrats only having the majority via Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.
Leading the efforts to woo Manchin is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Republicans would welcome Manchin with open arms.
“He feels like a man alone. If he were to join us he would be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues,” McConnell said this week.
Earlier this week, Manchin
it back at Democrats,
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) on Monday urged Manchin to revisit his rejection of the planning, highlighting the inclusion in the bill of two key provisions.
Instead of sounding defeated, add White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki to the list of those who are sending the message that Build Back Better is not dead yet.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that Democratic leadership has a lot of tools at their disposal it is time to take the gloves off with moderates and govern.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said that we all knew that Manchin couldn't be trusted and called his excuses for being a no on BBB "complete bulls**t.
In a lengthy statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Paski tore apart Joe Manchin's concerns about Build Back Better.
After Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he will not vote for Build Back Better, Sen. Bernie Sanders called him gutless.
If they’re going to act like Republicans, then Biden and the Democrats need to treat them like Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that talks between President Joe Biden and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) will continue, hurting plans to pass the “Build Back Better” plan before the holiday recess.
Schumer did not offer a timeline in his remarks on the Senate floor.
“The president requested more time to continue his negotiations and so we will keep working with him, hand in hand, to bring this bill over the finish line and deliver on these much-needed provisions,” Schumer said.
Democrats say that Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has made clear he won’t allow a vote on the Biden administration’s spending and climate plan before Christmas. They say that they have the support of 49 senators but lack Manchin and they need a unified caucus in order to pass the legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said he wants to proceed with a vote before the Christmas holidays but Manchin’s support being in doubt means that it is very likely there won’t be a vote until after the New Year.
“We know we have 49 votes,” one senator said. “We have 49 people, all we need is Manchin.”
Another said “there are a couple more things to negotiate, which we could complete I think relatively quickly just to get it done, and then the question is whether Manchin is willing to go forward.”
For whom does the hangman need to come for moderate and conservative Democrats to care?
Writing on Twitter, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said that the “the threat” from inflation is “getting worse.”
By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day.
A new report from the House Joint Committee On Taxation found that Build Back Better is fully paid for and reduces the deficit.
During an appearance on CNN, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) decried a “hostile” work environment in Congress which he says is rife with partisanship.
“You want to know what’s wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile working environment every day. If you’re a Democrat, and a Republican is up for election, you’re supposed to be against that person,” Manchin told host John Berman on “New Day.”
“If Donald Duck’s running against that person, you’re supposed to get money from your PAC to help the other person beat the person that you’ve been working with. And even sometimes they’ll say, ‘can you come campaign against so and so?’ And then we come back on Monday, and here’s a person that we’ve given money against,” he added.
Manchin went on to criticize his colleagues for not reaching across the political aisle.
“In today’s divided country, in divided government that we have, in divided politics that we have, you have to work a little bit harder. How many people did you see on the floor working and talking to both sides? How many times do you see that, John? Look out. Ask them how many times they’ve had coffee with each other. Ask them how many of them know each other’s wives or children or what their pleasures are, as far as sports or recreation?” Manchin said.
"You want to know what's wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile working environment every day."@Sen_JoeManchin discusses his hopes for bipartisanship in Congress.https://t.co/9zINPfILOv pic.twitter.com/PVSVBM9w3j
We know what’s in the bill: attempts to make a more equitable society that sustains and supports the health and well-being of Americans and our environment.
Republicans are scary, indeed. But the moderates and mainstream media members who aid and abet them, living in denial, are just as scary, if not scarier.
What Republicans call “socialism” isn’t giving away free stuff; it’s smart short and long-term investing.
Lobbyists cop to fossil fuel behemoth Exxon Mobil’s clandestine efforts to appear supportive of climate change-mitigation legislation while simultaneously shoveling money to senators hoping they will work to weaken climate elements included in President Biden's infrastructure plan.
Joe Biden seemingly has everything he needs to pass his policy goals over the next two years. Democrats control congress, the senate and the White House. West Virginia‘s Joe Manchin, though, has been committed to passing things in a bi-partisan manner.
Manchin, of course, has been heavily criticized for his stance, but to this point has stayed committed. During a Sunday interview, ABC’s Jon Karl asked the lawmaker why he hasn’t drawn a “red line” with Republicans.
The This Week host asked, “you get hammered all the time by fellow Democrats, especially progressives who say you are constantly drawing red lines for what you’ll support, and creating limits on how far Democrats will be able to go.”
Karl continued, “What do you say to those who say why don’t you draw red lines with Republicans? Why don’t you draw a red line and say ‘look, if you guys don’t move on this, I’m going to go and endorse doing away with the filibuster?'”
.@jonkarl presses Sen. Joe Manchin on some progressives' pushback against a bipartisan infrastructure deal: "Are you sure progressives are going to support your bipartisan deal?"