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December 29, 2021

GOP Senator Texted Manchin About Joining Republican Party

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said he reached out to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) to encourage him to join the GOP amid backlash over his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.

Cornyn told the Austin-based TV station KXAN that he texted Manchin, “Joe if they don’t want you we do,” but hadn’t heard back.

“I don’t know what he will decide to do. But I do know West Virginia has gotten increasingly red. … So, yeah, we’d love to have him. That would change the majority,” Cornyn added.

Currently, the Senate is evenly split but the Democrats hold the majority because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie. If Manchin defected to the GOP, that would give the Republicans a 51-49 majority, making Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the majority leader.

However, in October, Manchin said he had no plans to leave the Democratic Party. He said if it’s “embarrassing” to the Democrats to have a moderate member, he would become an Independent “like Bernie” and still formally caucus with the Democrats.


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Texas Sen. Cornyn joins Republicans recruiting Joe Manchin to GOP

December 23, 2021

Democrats Set To Play Hardball with Manchin

Senate Democrats appear to be bracing for a hardball approach to pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Manchin will have to repeatedly defend his opposition to popular programs, including an enhanced child tax credit, lower Medicare prescription drug prices, and subsidies for child care costs.

Democratic aides say the West Virginia senator can expect tougher treatment from Schumer and other lawmakers under new pressure from the base for failing to follow through on the “big bold” agenda they promised earlier this year.

“He has had absolutely no pressure,” said one Democratic aide, citing Manchin’s friendly meetings at the White House and Biden’s home in Delaware this fall.

“Biden’s got to grab him by the lapels and say, ‘Listen, this ends now,'” the aide added, warning there’s little chance of passing another piece of major legislation before the 2022 midterms if Build Back Better fails.

“He’s going to blow up the president’s agenda, so I think you have to play hardball, but there are different ways to play hardball,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist.

“He’s making them look ineffective,” Jarding added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a regular critic of Manchin’s, called his refusal to support Build Back Better “an egregious breach of the trust of the president.”

“Of course, we have every right to be furious with Joe Manchin but it’s really up to leadership in the Democratic Party who made the decision to get us to this juncture and how we’re going to move forward and I think right now that the Democratic leadership as a very large number of tools at their disposal,” she said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“And it’s really about time that we take the kid gloves off,” Ocasio-Cortez added.


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Democrats set to play hardball with Manchin

December 22, 2021

Manchin Hits Back at White House Pressure to Support Biden Plan

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) sent the Democratic Party reeling by announcing he won’t support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Manchin hit back at White House staff, saying the Democrats had miscalculated by assuming they could pressure him into supporting the $1.7 trillion package.

“This is not the president, this is staff,” Manchin told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval in a 14-minute MetroNews interview.

“I just got to the wit’s end,” he said, adding that White House staff “drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is.”

“They figured surely to God we can move one person. We surely can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough that they’ll just say, ‘OK, I’ll vote for anything.'”

“Well, guess what? I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period,” Manchin added.

Manchin’s position and comments sparked outrage from his party and a rare on-the-record rebuke from the White House.

“If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues,” Psaki said in a statement.

When asked about the White House’s comments, Manchin said, “basically they retaliated.”

“I figured they would come back strong,” he said.


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Manchin blames White House staff for failed negotiations

December 17, 2021

Manchin Loses It on Reporters: ‘You’re Bulls—t’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) unloaded on reporters amid questions about his misgivings with President Joe Biden’s massive social spending bill.

A reporter for HuffPost Politics, Arthur Delaney, said Manchin yelled at him in response to a question he asked the lawmaker regarding a recent report that he wants to drop the child tax credit.

“I’m not negotiating with any of you,” Manchin said, raising his voice. “Guys, let me go. This is bulls—t. You’re bulls—t.”

Outlets including CNN and The Washington Post previously reported that talks between Manchin and Biden have soured because Manchin wants to cut the popular child tax credit program out of the bill.

Manchin denied the report, saying the media is hearing “a lot of bad rumors.”

“I’m not opposed to the child tax credit, I’ve never been opposed to the child tax credit,” Manchin said.

He reportedly grumbled “God almighty” as he walked away from the HuffPost reporter.


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Huffington Post reporter says Manchin called him ‘bulls—‘ during tense Build Back Better exchange

December 9, 2021

Pelosi Aims to Pass $2T Social Spending Bill By Christmas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) predicted the $2 trillion social spending bill will pass through both chambers of Congress before Christmas.

“We feel very confident about what is in Build Back Better,” Pelosi said. “We know what some possibilities are, and it would be my hope that we would have this bill done before the Christmas vacation.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is echoing Pelosi’s Christmas break deadline, scrambling to rally his party’s centrist holdouts in favor of the massive spending bill.

One notable holdout is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA), who voiced his hesitation on the measure as recently as Tuesday.

Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event, Machin warned that “the unknown we are facing today is much greater than … this aspiration bill.”

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Pelosi aiming to pass $2T social spending bill before Christmas

November 27, 2021

Manchin Calls On Biden To Restore Keystone Pipeline

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) is calling on President Joe Biden to restore the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to combat rising gas prices.

“I continue to call on President Biden to responsibly increase energy production here at home and to reverse course to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built which would have provided our country with up to 900,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, one of our closest allies,” Manchin said in a statement.

“To be clear, this is about American energy independence and the fact that hard-working Americans should not depend on foreign actors, like OPEC+, for our energy security and instead focus on the real challenges facing our country’s future,” he added.

Manchin’s request came shortly after the White House announced a plan to release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

The centrist lawmaker also addressed inflation, saying that the Democratic Party’s Build Back Better Act would not help lower prices.

“The cost they see every day. And every day they go to fill up is a dollar and a quarter more a gallon,” Manchin said.

“A gallon of milk is now $4 in many places. It’s taking a toll. And I hear it when I go to the grocery store or if I go to the gas station. They say, ‘Are you as mad as I am?’ and I say, ‘Absolutely,'” he added.

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Manchin calls on Biden to restore Keystone XL pipeline

November 4, 2021

Dems butting heads after a stunning loss in Virginia

Moderate and progressive House Democrats are butting heads after the party’s loss in the gubernatorial race in Virginia. The two sects disagree over what caused the shocking upset, and the uncertainty is bleeding over into negotiations on President Joe Biden’s social spending plan.

Some Democrats argued that dragging their feet on the party’s social spending bill had hurt their election chances.

“Lack of movement simply reinforces the misconception that we’re doing nothing,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) said after the Virginia election.

However, the most prominent moderate, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), said the opposite was true, and voters are “scared to death.”

“The message that was really sent, if we’re going to do something, let’s do it right. Let’s make sure that people know what’s in it,” Manchin said. “We’re talking about revamping the whole entire tax code. That’s mammoth, totally. We’ve had no hearings, no open hearings. You haven’t been able to sit and listen to a hearing. None of us have.”

Meanwhile, progressives maintained that Virginia voters weren’t rebuking Democrats for failing to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill. They argued that new child care, housing aid, and home care for the elderly programs would galvanize voters.

“There is no way that you can say that a 12 point swing in a state is due to Congress not passing one bill,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said. “I think we were already in high gear. But if there’s a higher gear, we certainly went into it.”

Despite Manchin’s hangups, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to add paid family leave back into the bill. When asked if the loss in Virginia would affect her party’s agenda, Pelosi said: “No, no.”

Still, other Democrats assign blame to Congress.

“Democratic inaction on these two big bills, delay on the two big bills, definitely hurt Terry,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a former governor. “Dems have to use their majority to deliver. The American Rescue Plan was great. But that was eight months ago.”

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Dems keep butting heads after Virginia shellacking

November 2, 2021

Manchin won’t support $1.75T social spending bill without ‘greater clarity’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) said he won’t back the $1.75T Build Back Better bill without “greater clarity” on its economic impact.

“Simply put, I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact that it will have on our national debt, our economy and most importantly all of our American people,” Manchin told reporters on Monday.

The House, which had planned to vote on the social spending and climate change package this week, will not be able to pass the legislation without Manchin’s support.

The Biden administration insisted that Manchin would eventually come around to the Build Back Better bill. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Manchin “says he is prepared to support a Build Back Better plan that combats inflation, is fiscally responsible, and will create jobs. The plan the House is finalizing meets those tests.”

She added, “as a result, we remain confident that the plan will gain Senator Manchin’s support.”

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Manchin warns he may vote against Biden social safety net plan as he criticizes key aspects

October 21, 2021

Manchin speaks bluntly on party switch rumors: ‘It’s bulls—t’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) curtly dismissed rumors that he’s considering leaving the Democratic Party as “bulls—t.”

“It’s bulls—t,” Manchin said when asked about a recent report claiming he’s told “associates” he’s actively thinking about leaving the party. 

“I have no control of rumors, guys. No control of rumors,” Manchin said.

The report from Mother Jones claimed that Manchin would leave the Democrats if President Joe Biden persisted in passing a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Manchin reportedly grew exasperated with questions over the report, raising his voice when asked a second time.

“I can’t control rumors, and it’s bulls—t, bulls—t spelled with b, u, l, l, capital b!”

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Manchin on party switch: ‘It’s bull—-‘

October 8, 2021

Watch: Chuck Schumer elicits groans with ill-timed rant on Senate floor

On Thursday night, 11 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to end the debate on the deal to extend the debt ceiling until December. They’d reached a bipartisan agreement to avoid an economic catastrophe and were milling about on the Senate floor, talking amongst themselves. And at that moment, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) decided to launch into a rant against the Republicans.

“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer said. “Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together and we pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA), who has pushed for bipartisanship, was visibly displeased with Schumer’s remarks. Video footage shows him shake his head and put his head in his hands. Eventually, about halfway through Schumer’s four-minute speech, Manchin gets up and walks away.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,” Manchin later told reporters. “We have to de-weaponize. You can’t be playing politics. None of us can — on both sides,” Manchin said. “Civility is gone.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who voted to end the filibuster and pass the measure, said he confronted Schumer after his comments.

“I thought it was totally out of line,” Thune said. “I just thought it was an incredibly partisan speech after we had just helped him solve a problem.”

“I let him have it,” he added.

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Chuck Schumer picked the wrong moment to go on a partisan rant

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