While Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) may be a Democrat, that hasn’t spared him from the wrath of progressives for daring to dissent.
On Wednesday, Manchin told his Senate colleagues at a West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted event to stop and “hit the pause button” before “rushing to spend trillions on new government programs.”
While the exact details of the $3.5 trillion spending package are still being worked out by eager Democratic lobbyists, Senator Manchin has expressed concerns about “runaway inflation,” and the timing of such a massive, complicated bill in the midst of the delta variant outbreak and fallout from the calamitous retreat from Afghanistan.
On Thursday, Manchin also wrote a forceful opinion piece stating why he couldn’t support a $3.5 trillion bill or “anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.”
BREAKING: @Sen_JoeManchin told Chamber of Commerce lobbyists that the Senate should “hit the pause button” on Joe Biden’s proposed budget.
Manchin claimed the budget’s investments in pre-k, Medicare expansion and combatting climate change are “not anything we need immediately.” pic.twitter.com/drABNjXsdN
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) September 2, 2021
“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” wrote Manchin in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
While Manchin has been consistent about concerns regarding such a huge price tag, the rage of the progressives, notably members of the ‘Squad’ over this latest apostasy was swift and widespread:
Pause on finally delivering child care, paid leave, education, health care, affordable housing, climate action, and dental, vision, and hearing to millions of families across America?
Absolutely not. https://t.co/9Ec91f4Ee9
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) September 2, 2021
Fossil fuel corps & dark money is destroying our democracy, country, & planet.
All day our community has been pulling bodies out of homes from the flood. Entire families. And we’re supposed to entertain lobbyist talking points about why we should abandon people & do nothing? No.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
Instead of writing op-eds, why don’t you look into the faces of my residents who have had their basements flooded with sewage multiple times and their power out for days, Senator Manchin. We deserve better. https://t.co/jSMlIB4SYa
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 2, 2021
The New York Magazine Intelligencer shrieked that Manchin has “put Biden’s presidency in mortal danger,” openly contending that the Democrats’ best chance of passing the bill is to simply rush it through. The Intelligencer went into fits detailing how Manchin’s “pause” upsets the house of cards the Democratic strategy for passing the bill is built on and is likely to “provoke distrust,” and potentially “set off a cycle of failure.”
The New York Times also went into fits when noting that “with Mr. Manchin’s vow, passage of the full For the People Act appears to be impossible.”
As usual, the White House declined to comment.
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