Good!! Manchin Already Feeling The Heat For Terrible Decision

The “Build Back Better” substitute bill Sen. Joe Manchin had announced with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last week has backfired, and the senator is currently feeling the heat for this decision.

Last week, the senator announced after a whole year of negotiations among democrats that he had finally reached an agreement with Schumer on a reconciliation bill as he had previously refused to support their “Build Back Better” bill.

After facing severe backlash, he suddenly became defensive about the backroom tax and spending climate bill he had proposed. This bill, officially dubbed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” was a revised version of the “Build Back Better” bill he had previously refused to support as he argued it cost too much.

He had said, “For too long, the reconciliation debate in Washington has been defined by how it can help advance Democrats’ political agenda called ‘Build Back Better.’ Build Back Better is dead, and instead, we have the opportunity to make our country stronger by bringing Americans together.

I now propose and will vote for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Rather than risking more inflation with trillions in new spending, this bill will cut the inflation taxes Americans are paying, lower the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, and ensure our country invests in the energy security and climate change solutions,” he added as he proposed his pared back version of the bill.

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However, Manchin looks anxious and defensive about the backlash and criticisms he has received regarding this substitute bill. Several senate aides have spoken to the press about this situation, and all asked for their identities to be hidden to avoid repercussions and because of this issue’s sensitive nature.

Many of these aides have recognized that anxiety is written all over Manchin’s face as he is being defensive in his interviews. One of the senate aides commented that “he is clearly defensive in his TV interviews, and he’s getting blasted pretty hard in West Virginia.”

Another aide had mentioned that his interviews speak for themselves as he referred to a clip of Manchin being in a sweaty frenzy as he was being drilled about his bill. An aide accused him of just blatantly spitting lies in his interviews.

Just like the majority of the public, Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has also opposed this substitute bill publicly as he had previously criticized Sinema and Manchin’s opposition to the original bill. The bill needs a majority vote to be passed into law; to pass, the bill requires the support of every democrat senator, as no sensible Republican will support it.

Manchin’s private dinners with Schumer to reach an agreement on the bill didn’t include any outreach to any other Democrats to ensure that he would have the support of his party members and their unity in making the bill a success.

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