Bernie Sanders: Bring it to the floor so Manchin can vote no in front of everyone. Manchin: BRING IT.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) blamed the White House staff for the breakdown in talks about the Build Back Better (BBB) bill:
Manchin made the comments during an interview on West Virginia MetroNews radio, after telling Fox News on Sunday he would not be able to vote for the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill.
Manchin said he would not say “the real reason” talks failed.
But when asked what that was, he said: “The bottom line is … it’s staff. It’s staff purely. … It’s not the president. It’s staff. And they drove some things and put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable.”
Manchin did not provide specifics, but I’m thinking he meant Psaki’s statement on Sunday.
Manchin held his ground:
“They figured, ‘Surely to God we can move one person. Surely, we can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough they’ll just say, ‘Okay, I’ll vote for anything just quit.’”
“Guess what?” Manchin said Monday. “I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from where you can beat the living crap out and people and they’ll be submissive.”
The U.S. Senate will vote on the proposed Build Back Better plan in January, @Sen_Joemanchin joins @HoppyKercheval to give his thoughts on why he is opposed to the act. WATCH: https://t.co/4YFIkFXZE3 pic.twitter.com/41XZ2KMg11
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) December 20, 2021
Democrats and the left exploded when Manchin announced on Fox News Sunday he would not support the bill because he never spoke to Biden.
Well, a Manchin aide supposedly called the White House before the appearance. The administration could not reach Manchin before it either.
Plus, Manchin has not budged. Yes, he has tried to negotiate but we all knew from the beginning he would only support a certain amount. He repeated to Schumer he only wanted to support a $1.5 trillion bill or a $1.75 trillion if it had “improved tax reform elements.”
LOL. Socialist Bernie Sanders told Schumer to bring the bill to the floor so Manchin could vote no in front of the whole world.
Schumer said: “Senators should be aware that the Senate will, in fact, consider the Build Back Better Act, very early in the new year so that every Member of this body has the opportunity to make their position known on the Senate floor, not just on television.”
Manchin’s response? BRING IT: “Please put it on the floor. Maybe it will sink in that we have to look in a different direction than this far-reaching social agenda.”
Biden cannot trim too much because the far-leftists in the House won’t support a bill without their social crap.
Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal: “It is abundantly clear that we cannot trust what Sen. Manchin says. No one should think that we are going to be satisfied with an even smaller package that leaves people behind or refuses to tackle critical issues like climate change.”
Biden needs to lean on his executive authority now. He has been delaying and underutilizing it so far. There is an enormous amount he can do on climate, student debt, immigration, cannabis, health care, and more.
Time is running out – we need to move and use alternative paths.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 20, 2021
Let’s be clear: Manchin’s excuse is bullshit. The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans.
This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure. https://t.co/dhzcSk0qUV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 19, 2021
"The Senate must return to session immediately and bring this historic and transformational bill to a vote so Senator Manchin—and every Republican who has opposed it from the very beginning—can demonstrate, on the record, the contempt they have for their constituents" pic.twitter.com/AoTNyaXuCO
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 19, 2021
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