Politics Bernie Sanders has “no problem with going to West Virginia” to pressure Manchin on Biden proposals
Joe Manchin Says Progressives Campaigning Against Him Would Help Him 'More Than Anything'
As the West Virginia senator has called for more bipartisanship on the For the People Act, he does not feel that a more progressive candidate would pose a challenge for him.A New York Times story published Saturday about Manchin's hesitance to do away with the filibuster explains partially why he feels that it's important to allow it to be kept, especially in having Democrats hold onto power in Congress.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., urged Democrats to pressure, to back President Joe Biden's policy proposals after the conservative Democrat — who has embraced his newfound role as a crucial fulcrum in the Senate — opposed a federal minimum wage increase to $15 and an increase to the corporate tax rate to pay for infrastructure investments.
Sanders told MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan on Sunday that Democrats have done a lot of work "internally in terms of bringing the Democratic caucus together," but acknowledged that so-called moderates like Manchin pose a roadblock to some of Biden's most ambitious reforms.
Joe Manchin Responds to West Virginia Governor, Criticizes Major Tax Cut
Republican Governor Jim Justice wants to eliminate personal income taxes in the state over the next few years.Justice complained Monday about a clause in the American Rescue Plan that prevents states from using relief funds to offset revenue losses from tax cuts.
"I have no problem with going to West Virginia, and I think we need a grassroots movement that makes it clear to Joe Manchin and everybody else in the United States Senate, including Republicans, that the progressive agenda is what the American people want," Sanders said. "They want to raise that minimum wage to $15 an hour. They believe that health care is a human right, should be universal. They demand that the rich start paying their fair share of taxes."
"I have no problem with going to West Virginia. I think we need a grassroots movement that makes it clear to Joe Manchin... that the progressive agenda is what the American people want."on how to handle , on the
Joe Manchin Defends Minimum Wage Stance of Republicans 'Just Not in Sync With Bernie Sanders'
"I think that every Republican wants to raise the minimum wage," said the Democratic senator from West Virginia. "Everyone's just not in sync with Bernie Sanders at $15."President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have pushed to more than double the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15, but Manchin along with some other moderate Democrats and many Republicans have opposed the proposal. Democrats' efforts to include the substantial wage hike in Biden's $1.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan)
Manchin was one of seven Democratic senators toto $15 per hour after Biden included the proposal in his coronavirus relief package.
"I think that every Republican wants to raise the minimum wage. Everyone's just not in sync with Bernie Sanders at $15," Manchinin March, even though that figure was backed by the White House and most establishment Democrats, not just the Sanders "progressive" wing of the party.
Manchin, who has alsoto pass voting rights reform, on Monday vowed to oppose Biden's proposed corporate tax hike in the ongoing infrastructure negotiations. The West Virginia senator, who in 2012 the previous corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%, argued that Biden's proposal to raise the current corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% was too much.
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"As the bill exists today, it needs to be changed," Manchin told, arguing that the corporate rate should not be raised above 25%.
"There's six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this. We have to be competitive, and we're not going to throw caution to the wind," he said, adding, "If I don't vote to get on it, it's not going anywhere."
The White House earlier tried to rally West Virginia voters to pressure Manchin to vote for Biden's coronavirus relief package,in January to warn local news outlets of the economic calamity facing the state's poorest residents without additional aid. The move infuriated Manchin, who reportedly "conveyed his displeasure privately" to senior White House officials before lashing out at Harris publicly for not "working together" with him on a "bipartisan pathway." Manchin ultimately supported the package after the $15 minimum wage increase, lowered weekly unemployment benefits in the bill, and lowered the income cap for stimulus checks.
Democrat Joe Manchin 'will NOT vote to eliminate the filibuster'
Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the declaration in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday.Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the declaration in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday, claiming that killing the filibuster would lead to more political partisanship and government dysfunction.
Manchin has enjoyed an outsized role in the 50-50 Senate where Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote, even when they employ the budget reconciliation process to pass legislation with a simple majority to avoid a Republican filibuster. The longtime West Virginia lawmaker has also scoffed at attempts by the party to pressure him; he has continued to win re-election despite the state's Republican lean, and faces little threat in a primary challenge from the left.
"What are they going to do … go into West Virginia and campaign against me?" he said in an interview withlast month. "Please, that would help me more than anything."
But White House officials have questioned Manchin's motivations, noting to the Times that his main concern in coronavirus relief negotiations was not to direct additional money to his state, which is one of the poorest in the country, but rather to reduce the amount of overall spending in the legislation and consider Republican input — even though not a single GOP senator voted for the bill.
Manchin has wielded his newfound power after Democrats secured the slimmest of Senate majorities in January, arguing that the party would not even be in a position to pass legislation if he were not the 50th vote.
Joe Manchin just crushed liberals' dream for Joe Biden's first term
With just 15 words, Joe Manchin ended the possibility that Joe Biden's first term would live up to the hopes that liberals had for it on everything from gun control to voting rights to even, possibly, the size and scope of the President's $2 trillion infrastructure bill. © ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images US Senator from West Virginia (D) Joe Manchin III is flanked his wife Gayle as he is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence (out of frame) during the swearing-in re-enactments for recently elected senators in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC January 3, 2019.
"I know one thing, Chuck, you wouldn't have this problem at all if I wasn't here," he told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to the Times.
Manchin's insistence on working to find Republican support for legislation, and his opposition to scrapping the, puts him and fellow filibuster supporters like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., on a collision course with Democratic leaders, who are dead set on passing voting rights protections in the face of an unprecedented push by Republican state lawmakers across the country to in response to baseless claims of election fraud by former President Donald Trump and his allies.
"We've got 50 Democrats, [Georgia Sens. Raphael] Warnock and [Jon] Ossoff are two. Since when did Sinema and Manchin get to be more important than Ossoff and Warnock?" Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 Democrat in the House, toldlast month, noting that it was the two Georgia senators' wins in runoff elections that got the party to 50 votes and rejecting the idea that the caucus will "do what Manchin says."
Clyburn warned that the party would not allow voting rights to be filibustered "to death."
"There's no way under the sun that in 2021 that we are going to allow the filibuster to be used to deny voting rights. That just ain't gonna happen. That would be catastrophic," he told. "If Manchin and Sinema enjoy being in the majority, they had better figure out a way to get around the filibuster when it comes to voting and civil rights."
Joe Manchin says the Capitol insurrection 'changed' him .
"I never thought in my life, I never read in history books to where our form of government had been attacked, at our seat of government," he told CNN."January 6 changed me. I never thought in my life, I never read in history books to where our form of government had been attacked, at our seat of government, which is Washington, DC, at our Capitol, by our own people. So, something told me, 'Wait a minute. Pause. Hit the pause button.' Something's wrong. You can't have this many people split to where they want to go to war with each other,'" Manchin, who has served in the Senate for 10 years, told CNN's Lauren Fox.