Out of all the unusual things happening in this day and age, perhaps the most peculiar is the leadership of one Joe Manchin.
The moderate Democrat hails from super red West Virginia–which is strong Trump country. He has promised to be bipartisan–and has considerable sway in the Senate–but often votes along party lines.
But it seems like he’s finally playing his trump card. His rejection of one of Biden’s cabinet picks spells her doom.
And now, it might be canceling Biden’s relief bill.
From The Hill:
Manchin has jeopardized Biden’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by announcing this month he opposes such an increase…
Manchin’s support is far from certain if Democrats try to pass Biden’s “Build Back Better” jobs and economic recovery plan.
It looks like Biden’s massive spending bill is in danger, as Joe Manchin does not appear willing to support it.
The Democrat specifically mentioned Biden’s unrealistic $15/hour wage hike. He wants to amend at least that part of the bill, if he plans to vote on it.
Biden previously stated he did not believe that part of the plan would go through. But Democrats are trying to force it through anyway.
Manchin might have more reason to oppose the bill beyond that. The Biden administration seemed to pull a power move when they sent Harris to Manchin’s backyard to champion their agenda.
The senator was none-too-pleased to see them interfere with his state. That was more than enough for him to turn against this plan.
Manchin has previously criticized Biden and his party for refusing to push a bipartisan relief bill. From all appearances, they are ignoring his pleas to move forward with their bill.
So, for many reasons, Manchin has ample cause to oppose Biden’s bill. If the left wants to get him on board, they will need to negotiate.
But if Manchin sticks to his guns and demands bipartisan support, it might be much harder for Biden to get his deal done.
- Joe Manchin signaled he would not support Biden’s $1.9 trillion deal.
- The Democrat had previously called for bipartisan support.
- He specifically took issue with the $15/hour wage hike.
Source: The Hill