‘Bulls**t!’ Manchin reacts to Republicans taking credit for gas pipeline deal

The debt ceiling deal has cleared the Senate and is now en route to President Joe Biden’s desk, but there’s just one tiny problem: Who deserves credit?

Who specifically deserves credit for a provision within the deal that greenlights the Mountain Valley Pipeline, “a 303-mile West Virginia-to-Virginia pipeline that is 94% complete, but has been slowed by a years-long permitting and numerous legal challenges from eco groups,” as reported by Fox News.

According to Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, he deserves the most credit.

“What’s the problem here? They’re afraid of who gets credit for it? You know what we said before — success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Well, I guarantee you, I was an orphan there for a long time because I was the only one on the front taking all the spears and everything, taking point on this,” he told Fox News.

“But I’m happy to — everyone is happy — to share the success. I think everybody knows how this happened. I mean, my God, for the whole year I’ve had the living crap beat out of me, back and forth and everything,” he added.

His remarks came after “Republican leaders” reportedly took credit for the provision and suggested that Manchin had barely played a role in its success.

“[S]ources close to the negotiations told Fox News Digital that House Republicans were responsible for the provision and only called on Manchin to request the White House withdraw its opposition late in the talks,” according to Fox News.

Speaking with the network, the senator called bull.

“It’s bulls–t because they knew there was not going to be a problem on the Democratic Senate side or the Democrat president and his staff because they were the ones who supported it and got us 40 votes in the Senate when we voted,” he said.

“It was the Republicans that killed us when we voted last time — only got seven votes. And the Republicans have always supported permitting. The only reason they wouldn’t support that is because of the Republicans being upset about the [Inflation Reduction Act]. That’s it. So it got caught in the politics,” he added.

But also speaking with the network, Republican Rep. Carol Miller called bull on Manchin’s claims.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is a product of the bipartisan, bicameral work done by the entire West Virginian delegation. When Republicans took back the House of Representatives, we made finishing the Mountain Valley Pipeline a top priority, something that wasn’t able to be accomplished when Democrats had full control of the government,” she told Fox News.

“Speaker McCarthy and the rest of the leadership team knew the Fiscal Responsibility Act was the path to complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and so we did. West Virginia and the United States will greatly benefit from the economic gain and energy production that will come out of the Mountain Valley Pipeline,” she added.

What about the public — what do they think? From the looks of it, they credit Manchin for the pipeline, but they also credit him for a lot of bad stuff.

“While Manchin has been a proponent for this particular pipeline being finished, he also was uniquely responsible for the … inflation reduction act which not only wasted a trillion and a half bucks forcing citizens to buy electric vehicles/stoves/air conditioners, etc. and closing more coal, nuclear, and fossil fuel power plants that we need to keep them going. So no I don’t give him much credit at all,” one critic wrote on Fox News’ comments board.

As previously reported, the disastrous Inflation Reduction Act passed through Congress at the last minute last year thanks entirely to Manchin suddenly reversing course and deciding to back it.

(Source: Fox News)

At the time of the IRA vote, Manchin tried to distance himself from it, but conservative commentator Ed Morrissey of Hot Air refused to let him off the hook.

“Manchin wants to distance himself from the administration he enabled with the Inflation Reduction Act, and really wants to distance himself from its results, but that’s impossible,” Morrissey wrote.

“The vote on the IRA came down to Manchin; Manchin negotiated its terms; and Manchin endorsed its policies and the lack of control the legislation had on [President Joe] Biden’s use of the bill. If Manchin wants to talk about ‘political malpractice,’ maybe he should look in the mirror,” he added.


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