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    If he can be bothered to take time away from being a media darling. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer continued to press his Democratic colleagues to get the budget reconciliation bill that includes President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan passed in the next two weeks during his opening floor statement Tuesday. He announced his intent to push the bill through quickly in a letter to Democrats Monday, and assured them in his floor statement Tuesday that he is progressing toward that goal. That was ahead of an all-conference lunch, a Tuesday fixture in the Senate, where the members tend to fight these kinds of things out. “Senate Democrats continue our work to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better Act before Christmas,” he said on the floor. “[S]ticking to our deadline will be worth it for one simple reason: At its core, Build Back Better is the best shot we’ve had in decades to help families lower costs, to cut taxes for working and middle class Americans, and create good paying jobs while fighting the climate crisis.” He added for West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin’s...
    Left-wing protesters blocked several major intersections Tuesday in Washington, D.C., causing traffic delays around Capitol Hill. The protest featured several left-wing activist groups, including Extinction Rebellion, Code Pink, and Spaces in Action. Activists began blocking intersections at 7 a.m., with many holding banners and signs displaying political messages from their respective organizations . "Fund communities, not war #CutThePentagon ," one pink banner read. SEE IT: PRO-ABORTION PROTESTERS POP 'ABORTION PILLS' DURING SCOTUS DEMONSTRATION Protesters block traffic on Independence and 4th st in Washington DC #shutdowndc #ClimateAction pic.twitter.com/HGgtNyOPZs— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 7, 2021 Protesters carried a large "pipeline snake" display. Large “pipeline snake” unraveled in intersection for #shutdowndc protest in DC. pic.twitter.com/CuIPqyx3Wa— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 7, 2021 Another group carried an artistic representation of a military tank down the street as they chanted and sang. "Demilitarize everything," the side of the tank read, along with other political slogans. "So basically, it's a symbol of the demilitarization of everything," a man who said he created the tank told the Washington...
    West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is forcing Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pump the breaks on his goal of passing President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate reform package by Christmas. In a letter sent to colleagues on Monday, Schumer again told lawmakers that the Build Back Better bill needs to pass by the end of the month.  And despite the legislative calendar ending at the end of this week, Schumer warned of 'more long days and nights, and potentially weekends' as the clock ticks down on several big items Congress needs to pass before year's end. 'Now that the House has passed the reconciliation bill, our goal in the Senate is to pass the legislation before Christmas and get it to the president’s desk,' Schumer wrote.  'Of course, there are other priorities we plan to address before the end of the year as well, including voting rights, debt limit, NDAA, among others.' Manchin, who opposes a paid family leave provision passed in the House's version, was asked about the letter and appeared hesitant to jump on...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently joined a GOP effort to overturn President Biden's private sector vaccine mandate, backing a resolution that would effectively shut the requirement down. "Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses," Manchin said in a statement last Thursday. "That's why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses." "I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19," he added. Manchin's remarks came just following a temporary bipartisan agreement to avert a government shutdown amid the Senate's ongoing debt ceiling standoff. The stopgap measure will allot a similar level of funding to the federal government as last year's, during the Trump administration, POLITICO reported. During the vote, Republicans introduced an amendment to bar the use of federal funds for the enforcement of Biden's mandate, but the amendment failed. Still, Republicans have signaled that they won't pare back their longer-term crusade against Biden's mandate,...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Monday that the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act needs a “lot of changes” and that he remains skeptical as to whether Democrats can pass the bill before Christmas. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hopes to pass the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act before Christmas, but the bill may face drastic changes before it could receive Manchin’s support. Sens. Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) support is needed for Schumer to pass the bill through the Senate, as Democrats only have a one-member majority in Congress’s upper chamber. Manchin signaled that the bill may not pass by Christmas and it needs significant reforms. “I’m not skeptical. I’m just basically a realist. There’s an awful lot there, and a lot of changes to be done, and you’re throwing it at a time when it’s very vulnerable in our economy,” the West Virginia Democrat said. Manchin also counter-signaled President Joe Biden’s assertion that the Build Back Better Act would lower inflation. “I haven’t seen that. I’ve heard that. I don’t, I don’t know how you control...
    Tonight I voted to prevent a government shutdown and fund the federal government through February 18th, 2022 through a continuing resolution. My full statement:pic.twitter.com/UBicLvMpeq — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin) 1638498927 Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) hopes more Democratic senators join their Republican colleagues in supporting a resolution to roll back Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses. "President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private businesses is not a partisan issue: it jeopardizes the freedoms and livelihoods of Americans in all 50 states, and I hope that more Democratic Senators and Representatives will follow Senator Manchin’s strong lead and stand up against this federal overreach that will wreak havoc on our recovering economy and trample on the rights of millions of Americans," Braun said on Friday. Braun told The Hill that he is in talks with a handful of additional Democratic senators to get on board with the resolution. Republicans introduced the disapproval resolution earlier this year under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). All 50 GOP Senators have already signed on to the resolution challenging President Biden. Senate...
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has said he intends to cross the aisle and join his Republican counterparts in a challenge to President Biden's vaccine mandate for private businesses. A vote is expected next week in the Senate on a 'resolution of disapproval' of the Biden administration's rule that requires businesses with at least 100 employees to see that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or enforce weekly testing take place.  'Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,' Manchin began. 'That's why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses,' he said in a statement. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is backing a GOP effort to scrap President Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses 'The Federal government should 'incentivize, not penalize' private businesses to get their employees inoculated. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves,' he added.  The rule, implemented by Biden has drawn criticism from...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON (KDKA) – West Virginia Joe Manchin said overnight that he will support a Republican effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s vaccination requirement for larger businesses. READ MORE: Ambridge Couple Spread Christmas Cheer With Light Display Including 20,000 LightsThat bill is expected to get a vote on the Senate floor next week. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountySenator Manchin said in a statement, “Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine requirement on private businesses. That’s why I have co-sponsored, and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine requirement for private businesses.” All 50 Senate Republicans are supporting the effort, so with support from the Democrat, it will give them enough votes to pass a resolution to end the requirement. MORE NEWS: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingThe resolution would still need to pass the House but it would likely be vetoed by President Biden.
    The Senate passed a stop-gap funding bill on Thursday night, averting a government shutdown. The Senate passed H.R. 6119 with 69 votes in favor and 28 against, crossing the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. H.R. 6119 is a continuing resolution (CR), a spending bill that would keep government funding levels the same, although it grants $7 billion in funding for the resettlement of Afghan refugees. The vote on the CR follows as the Senate shot down an amendment proposed by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) that would have defunded President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. The amendment failed after Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) voted against it, although Manchin had teased this afternoon that he may vote for the amendment. “I’ve been very supportive of a mandate for federal government, for military… I’ve been less enthused about it in the private sector,” the West Virginia Democrat said. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa., talks to reporters as he leaves the chamber after a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, on Nov. 3, 2021. Democrats have finally driven President Joe...
    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has grown increasingly fond of the Senate’s most centrist Democrat, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who is about the only person capable of blocking passage of President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar social welfare and green energy legislation, known as "Build Back Better." “I admire Sen. Manchin,” McConnell said. “He's in a really challenging position in a party that is dominated by East Coast elitism views of what America ought to look like. I pull for him every day, I pray for him every night.” McConnell, who represents neighboring Kentucky, met privately with Manchin on Tuesday to discuss the Senate agenda, particularly energy policy, which plays a pivotal part in the Build Back Better bill. Manchin is against anti-fossil fuel provisions in the legislation, including a methane fee opposed by the natural gas industry. Manchin told reporters following the 40-minute meeting that the two lawmakers “talked a lot about the area we represent, Kentucky and West Virginia, on some issues we all agree on. Energy is one of them.” Republicans unanimously oppose Build Back...
    Sen. Joe Manchin has pushed Senate Democrats to take responsibility for solving the debt ceiling crisis, throwing the onus on the Democrat-controlled Senate to act before default. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has indicated the debt ceiling must be raised before December 15. If Senate Democrats fail to raise the debt ceiling, the United States will default on its debt for the first time. Democrats have opposed taking responsibility for raising the debt limit in the past. In October, Democrats were bailed out by Republicans, extending the debt ceiling into December. Following the vote to extend the deadline to December, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to not aid the Democrats in raising the debt ceiling again due Sen. Chuck Schumer’s “childish behavior” on the Senate floor. McConnell has so far not broken his promise, forcing Democrats to face raising the debt ceiling without ten Republican votes. Raising the debt ceiling requires 60 votes in the Senate. Durbin says don’t expect debt ceiling news out of the Dem lunch. Asked if they’ve settled on a strategy or will today: “I don’t...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that he is working on “adjustments” to energy policies included in President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE’s climate and social spending bill, as Senate Democrats haggle over the legislation. Manchin, who is a key vote on the spending bill, met on Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father MORE (D-N.Y.) to discuss the legislation, which Manchin hasn’t yet committed to supporting. “The different energy stuff is what we mostly talked about. Just basically looking at different things that we agree [on] and adjustments that need to be made,” Manchin...
    West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is throwing up another roadblock to his party's quest to pass President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate package before the Christmas break. On Monday Manchin refused to commit to Democrat leaders' timeline to push Biden's Build Back Better bill ahead before the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the Senate floor yesterday that he wants his colleagues to pass the president's agenda before senators head home for the holidays on December 10. But Manchin told reporters he's concerned about the pricey package's impact on the US economy. He blamed his issues on how the government spending would impact already-record inflation and the uncertainty that the new COVID-19 Omicron variant brings. 'The unknown is great right now and it gets greater,' Manchin said according to Bloomberg. US inflation rates skyrocketed as the economy recovers from the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In October the price of consumer goods went up 6.2 percent from the year before, a 31-year high. Joe Manchin told reporters on Monday that he...
    Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is calling on President BidenJoe BidenKyle Rittenhouse: No money exchanged for Tucker Carlson interview, documentary series Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden to release 50M barrels from oil reserve On The Money — Biden: America should 'rest easy' about prices MORE to restore the Keystone XL pipeline as gas prices across the country rise. "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 Tuesday statement, according to the Gazette in Colorado Spring, Colorado. "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. Machin's call for action came shortly after the Biden administration announced a plan on Tuesday to release 50 million barrels of oil from the...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, pressed President Joe Biden in a statement Tuesday to reinstate the Keystone XL oil pipeline amid gas shortages and soaring prices. Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the statement after Biden announced his decision to tap into U.S. oil reserves . BIDEN SERVES UP MORE WORD SALAD, JOKES JILL BIDEN HAS SECOND HUSBAND, LOSES HIS MASK “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. “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." Manchin urged Biden to reconsider revoking a presidential permit for the long-delayed pipeline back in February,...
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin redoubled his efforts to convince President Joe Biden to reinstate the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that it would bolster U.S. energy independence. Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the comments following Biden’s decision to tap into the U.S. emergency oil stockpile. The federal government will release approximately 50 million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the White House said Tuesday. “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 continued. (RELATED: ‘Will Not Fix The Problem’: Biden Releasing Oil Reserves...
    The fate of the Build Back Better legislation, including the future of U.S. participation in attempts to limit the impact of the climate crisis, may depend on one of the weirdest phenomena of the modern world. It's a trend that crosses an outdated technology from a dying market with a still-growing craze which baffles much of the public. And it all comes down to putting money in the pocket of one man. The outdated industry is coal-powered electrical plants. The growing craze is cryptocurrency. And the man is, of course, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Stitch that all together, and you get a Politico report on how the Grant Town power plant near Morgantown, West Virginia has put forward a proposal to turn itself into a giant, coal-powered, cryptocurrency "mine." If that proposal moves forward, it could ensure that the lone contract that defines Manchin's "coal brokerage firm" will continue to hand him over $500,000 a year for doing very close to nothing. Then maybe we can all have nice things. Or, if the crypto-plant proposal fails, Manchin could still...
    According to New York Times reporters Kenneth P. Vogel and Kate Kelly, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are attracting some wealthy GOP donors. "Even as Ms. Sinema and Mr. Manchin, both Democrats, have drawn fire from the left for their efforts to shrink and reshape (President Joe) Biden's proposals," Vogel and Kelly explain, "they have won growing financial support from conservative-leaning donors and business executives in a striking display of how party affiliation can prove secondary to special interests and ideological motivations when the stakes are high enough. Ms. Sinema is winning more financial backing from Wall Street and constituencies on the right in large part for her opposition to raising personal and corporate income tax rates. Mr. Manchin has attracted new Republican-leaning donors as he has fought against much of his own party to scale back the size of Mr. Biden's legislation and limit new social welfare components." G.O.P. Donors Back Manchin and Sinema as They Reshape Biden\u2019s Agenda\n\nThe two Democratic senators are attracting campaign contributions from business interests and conservatives\nhttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/21/us/politics/manchin-sinema-republican-donors.html\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/vgw3Ey1WgI —...
    Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are receiving a stream of cash from Republican donors as the centrist senators continue to derail Joe Biden's liberal agenda in Congress. With a 50-50 split Senate, even one defector could severely throw off the Democrat agenda – as their best hope is to get all members of the party on board and have Vice President Kamala Harris come in to break the tie. Billionaire Republican donor Stanley Hubbard wrote his first check to Sinema in September and said he is considering also donating to Manchin. 'Those are two good people — Manchin and Sinema — and I think we need more of those in the Democratic Party,' Hubbard said, according to The New York Times. Hubbard has given an overwhelming majority of his millions in federal political donations to Republicans. A Sinema spokesman, John LaBombard, said the cash flow from the right side of the aisle has not factored into her legislative approach. Centrist Democrats Joe Manchin (left) and Kyrsten Sinema (right) are seeing new cash come in from Republican megadonors as they...
    I couldn't find a licensed picture featuring the Maserati, darn it. The fate of the Build Back Better legislation, including the future of U.S. participation in attempts to limit the impact of the climate crisis, may depend on one of the weirdest phenomena of the modern world. It’s a trend that crosses an outdated technology from a dying market with a still-growing craze which baffles much of the public. And it all comes down to putting money in the pocket of one man. The outdated industry is coal-powered electrical plants. The growing craze is cryptocurrency. And the man is, of course, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Stitch that all together, and you get a Politico report on how the Grant Town power plant near Morgantown, West Virginia has put forward a proposal to turn itself into a giant, coal-powered, cryptocurrency “mine.” If that proposal moves forward, it could ensure that the lone contract that defines Manchin’s “coal brokerage firm” will continue to hand him over $500,000 a year for doing very close to nothing. Then maybe we can all have nice things. Or, if the crypto-plant...
    Sen. Joe Manchin isn't putting the brakes on President Joe Biden's massive spending bill anymore. The West Virginia Democrat said Wednesday he is open to a vote on the $1.85 trillion social spending legislation before the end of the year. House Democratic leaders are pushing for a vote on the proposal as early as Thursday. Assuming the bill passes the House, it would likely undergo major changes in the Senate. Manchin has expressed concern about the recent level of federal spending, including the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law Biden signed on Monday. Manchin has raised concerns that a too-expensive bill would contribute to rising inflation. Manchin’s support for the social spending in the Senate is crucial for its passage since no Republicans are expected to back it. ANTI-ABORTION GROUP TARGETS SENATE BATTLEGROUND STATES WITH AD BUY AHEAD OF SCOTUS CASE But Manchin told reporters Wednesday morning that he is open to a vote before the end of the year, though he didn't say which way he would vote. "I'm not in charge of the...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSanders vows to oppose defense bill: 'We need to get our priorities right' Energy information chief blames market for high fuel prices Lessons learned from a failed bet on 'Housing First' MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Wednesday that he is setting up a meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to talk about inflation.  Manchin, asked if he was meeting with Powell, said his staff was working to set up a meeting, adding “we’ve been trying.” “Absolutely,” Manchin said, asked if he was wanting to talk with him about inflation. “I want to find out why we’re still buying more quantitative easing.” A staffer said that Manchin's meeting with Powell is not set for Wednesday.  Manchin has been signaling concerns about inflation for months, including sending up a red flag after data last week showed inflation at a 30-year high.  "From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and D.C. can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day," Manchin said last week. Manchin has also been pushing for months...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – U.S. Senator Bob Casey says now that the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is law, Congress needs to pass the president’s Build Back Better plan. In an interview on Tuesday with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, Casey said he’s confident that all fifty Democrats, including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, will join together to pass the bill. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Following CDC Guidelines As Other States Move To Open COVID-19 Booster Shots To AllWhile Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants the House to pass the Build Back Better plan this week, Pennsylvania’s senior senator says it will take longer in the Senate. But in the end, Casey expects his colleagues, including Manchin, to be on board. The new infrastructure law will pump billions of dollars into so-called hard infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, waterways, transit systems, the power grid, electric vehicle chargers, highspeed broadband and the like. But it’s the Build Back Better plan, says Casey, that is focused on families, children, students, and seniors. Universal pre-school and child care, a continuation of the monthly child tax credit payments into next...
    Senator Joe Manchin has said that he doesn't know whether he will run for reelection when his term expires in 2024, as the moderate Democrat faces harsh criticism within his own party over his reluctance to back President Joe Biden's $1.85 trillion spending plan.  'I have no idea,' Manchin told West Virginia podcast Talkline on Friday when asked if he would run again in 2024. 'I'll make a decision after the 2022 election, November.' 'I wouldn't make a decision yet, I wouldn't make it now,' he added. 'Right now I'm trying to do everything I can to try to find some common sense and middle ground, and we all work together.' Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has faced fury from the progressive wing of his party over his insistence on paring back elements of Biden's sprawling Build Back Better plan for social climate programs. Senator Joe Manchin has said that he doesn't know whether he will run for reelection when his term expires in 2024, and will decide after the midterms next year Manchin has faced protests from climate activists...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Friday came out against President Joe Biden’s nominee for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, citing his poor handling of the opioid epidemic. “Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward,” Manchin said in a statement. “His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction.” My statement on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner: pic.twitter.com/vuhcx3Kcs7 — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 12, 2021 “I urge the Administration to nominate an FDA Commissioner that understands the gravity of the prescription drug epidemic and the role of the FDA in fighting back against the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” the senator added. This isn’t the first time that Manchin opposed Califf. The West Virginia lawmaker was one of four senators who voted against the cardiologist, who received pharmaceutical industry funding when President Barack Obama nominated him in 2015. He was confirmed by the Senate in February 2016 and served until...
    Before the White House announced President Joe Biden's nominee for Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Sen. Joe Manchin came out against him. The West Virginia senator opposed the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to lead the FDA. "Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards, not forward," said Manchin in a statement on Friday. "His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction." MANCHIN THROWS COLD WATER ON UNION-BUILT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CREDIT IN DEMOCRATIC BILL Manchin has been an obstacle to the Biden administration on the climate and social welfare spending bill, a $15 an hour federal minimum wage, and the nomination of Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget. The administration is trying hard to win Manchin's decisive vote on the spending bill, cutting its top-line price tag in half in an attempt to alleviate his concerns. But the senator showed his independence from the White House yet again on...
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin threw another wrench into President Joe Biden’s governing plans by announcing his opposition to Robert Califf as head of the Food and Drug Administration. "Dr. Califf's nomination makes no sense as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on our families across this country with no end in sight," Manchin said in a statement on Friday. "I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf's nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward." My statement on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner: pic.twitter.com/vuhcx3Kcs7— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 12, 2021 Califf, now a professor of medicine at Duke University, was previously FDA commissioner from 2016 to 2017. A vote on confirmation was delayed for weeks as senators used the opportunity to raise awareness about the FDA’s role in approving prescription opioid painkillers. The last time that...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin blasts new spending bill provision Climate change — hope for how to (literally) save the world On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements MORE (D-W.Va.) said Friday that he opposes President BidenJoe BidenBiden and China's Xi to hold virtual summit Monday: reports Briahna Joy Gray: Biden 'playing the fool' with student debt cancelation Defense & National Security — Biden marks Veterans Day MORE's expected nominee for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Robert Califf, arguing he is not strong enough in fighting the opioid epidemic given his ties to the pharmaceutical industry.  "Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward," Manchin said in a statement. "His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction." "I urge the Administration to nominate an FDA Commissioner that understands the gravity of the prescription drug epidemic and the role of the FDA in fighting back against the greed...
    Key vote Sen. Joe Manchin came out against a proposal within President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda to fund an additional $4,500 tax credit for those who buy a union-built, made-in-America electric vehicle. The West Virginia Democrat, who has been almost single-handedly responsible for cutting down the package's overall target price to $1.85 trillion, called the measure "wrong" Thursday and indicated he's working to get it removed. “When I heard about this, what they were putting in the bill, I went right to the sponsor [Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan] and I said, ‘This is wrong. This can’t happen. It’s not who we are as a country. It’s not how we built this country, and the product should speak for itself,'" Manchin told Automotive News during an event at a Toyota components plant in West Virginia. “We shouldn’t use everyone’s tax dollars to pick winners and losers," Manchin added. "If you’re a capitalist economy ... then you let the product speak for itself, and hopefully, we’ll get that — that’ll be corrected.” BIDEN'S BIG...
    He's "precious" says his billionaire pal. Sen. Joe Manchin’s people are making sure this holiday week for Congress doesn’t pass without King Joe making more pronouncements about why we can’t have nice things, like a climate change and human infrastructure package that starts to address racial, social, and economic inequality called Build Back Better. His people told Axios Wednesday that his “instinct” is to keep delaying President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan because of “red-hot inflation.” He’s finding little back-up for that, even from professional economics troll Larry Summers, who’s been warning about inflation since March. Summers went on CNN Wednesday night to talk inflation again, of course, but he didn’t say anything Manchin wanted to hear. As far as the already passed hard infrastructure combined with BBB goes, “I think it’s fine,” Summers said. “The 10 years of the two spending bills together, A, are less than the one year of what they did last spring, and, B, unlike what they did last spring, are paid for by tax increases. So I don’t think that’s an inflation problem. I think a lot...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may decide to delay President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better agenda until next year, according to a report by Axios released on Wednesday. The increasing rate of inflation likely contributes to Manchin’s reported desire to push the massive spending bill onto 2022’s legislative calendar. According to Axios, “Red-hot inflation data validates the instinct of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to punt President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda until next year — potentially killing a quick deal on the $1.75 trillion package, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported prices increased 0.9 percent in October, which brought the annual inflation rate to 6.2 percent. By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day. — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 10, 2021 “By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed White House chief of staff Ron Klain Wednesday on rising inflation impacting Americans across the country. Tapper questioned Klain in particular about a tweet from Senator Joe Manchin stating, “By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not ‘transitory’ and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day.” By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day. — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 10, 2021 “Do you think that build back better in its current form is essentially dead because of inflation?” Tapper asked. “Quite the opposite,” Klain answered, saying Manchin’s concerns “make the strongest possible case for Build Back Better.” “I think if...
    As President Biden and congressional Democrats push for the passage of a massive spending plan, Manchin has been a persistent obstacle in his party's path, refusing to back their proposal. The senator has said that he will not "support a package that risks hurting American families suffering from historic inflation." Proponents of the proposal contend that passage of the massive spending plan would actually combat inflation. "The best way to address inflation is to pass a bill that creates jobs, reduces bottlenecks, and is totally paid for by making sure the wealthy pay their fair share. That's just what we're doing with the Build Back Better Act," a tweet shared on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) account claims. The best way to address inflation is to pass a bill that creates jobs, reduces bottlenecks, and is totally paid for by making sure the wealthy pay their fair share.\n\nThat\u2019s just what we\u2019re doing with the Build Back Better Act.https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1458465779595288582\u00a0\u2026 — Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1636566389
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Sen. Joe Manchin’s efforts to winnow down key parts of Joe Biden’s agenda appear to have earned him clout with a like-minded constituency: Republican billionaires. In a Wednesday morning interview with CNBC, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone said that he plans to raise money for the West Virginia Democrat’s 2024 re-election campaign. “I’m going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I’ve ever had for him,” Langone told CNBC. “He’s special. He’s precious. He’s a great American.” Langone is one of the GOP’s most prominent rainmakers, famous for pouring money into Mitt Romney’s presidential  campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, he has also contributed to some Democrats in the past, including former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). Manchin’s campaign and Senate office did not respond to requests for comment. Manchin has also received public praise from Nelson Peltz, a billionaire investor, who previously hosted fundraisers for Donald Trump in his...
    Billionaire Home Depot co-founder and longtime Republican donor Ken Langone announced Wednesday he would one of his biggest fundraisers 'ever' for Sen. Joe Manchin.  The spry 86-year-old sung the praises of the West Virginia Democrat on CNBC's Squawkbox Wednesday morning.  'You know my politics, but I don't see leadership any place in this country,' Langone said.  'Thank God for Joe Manchin,' Langone continued. 'The guy's got guts and courage.' 'He's a Democrat, I'm a Republican, I'm going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I've ever had for him,' he said. 'He's special. He's precious. He's a great American.' In the 2020 election cycle, Langone and his wife Elaine donated $545,000 to candidates and parties, $534,600 to Republicans and $10,600 to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hit net worth is estimated to be $6.4 billion, according to Forbes. Forbes reports that Langone has donated over $2.4 million to Republican causes since 2019. He did not donate to the former President Trump's reelection campaign in 2020, though he has in the past expressed support for a number of his...
    Billionaire Ken Langone warned Wednesday the shocking rise of inflation would become “a lot worse” than Americans realized. “Let me give you a warning,” Langone said in a morning interview on CNBC Squawk Box, where he appeared with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy. “This inflation is a lot worse than people think. It is not transitory. And trust me, the little people — people like my parents and Larry’s parents — they’re going to suffer. … It hits the poor people hardest of all.” Inflation rose by 6.2 percent in October, according to figures released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, exceeding 5 percent for the fifth consecutive month. The 86-year-old Langone, who played a key role in financing the creation of Home Depot, has warned of encroaching inflation for months, disagreeing with the Biden administration’s assertion that price levels will recede, and has argued that proposals for new spending will exacerbate it. “I think you’re going to take a white-hot fire and throw a 5-gallon gas can on top of it,” he said in July, speaking in reference to President...
    Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump mocks 'Old Crow Mitch' McConnell over Biden's infrastructure win Gosar's sister labels lawmaker a 'sociopath' after Ocasio-Cortez, Biden tweet McConnell: Infrastructure bill a 'godsend' for Kentucky MORE (R-Ky.) is upping pressure on Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinExpected price increases raise political stakes for Biden Justice Democrats co-founder: Democrats have allowed Manchin, Sinema to become "dictators" of party Biden appeals for Democratic unity at DNC event MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaJustice Democrats co-founder: Democrats have allowed Manchin, Sinema to become "dictators" of party Gallego on potential 2024 bid: "I never say no to the future" Pick a time and stick with it MORE (D-Ariz.) to scuttle President BidenJoe BidenVideo depicting violence removed from Rep. Gosar's account after blowback Federal judge rejects Trump effort to block Jan. 6 docs Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE's social and climate spending bill. McConnell, during an interview with Kentucky radio station WKYX, argued that Democrats should have "dropped the whole thing," referencing the bill, after last week's elections in Virginia and New Jersey.  "If...
    Sen. Joe Manchin isn't exactly giving hope to proponents of President Joe Biden's costly social spending proposal that he'll support it any time soon. Following a Labor Department report that found the highest rate of inflation in 30 years, the West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday dismissed claims that rising costs are “transitory.” Manchin, a linchpin of support for Biden's agenda in the 50-50 Senate, suggested he's still not sold on backing the president's $1.85 trillion bill containing spending provisions on healthcare, climate change mitigation, and other areas. The report found consumer prices rose to 6.2% in the year ending in October, well above expectations of 5.8%. The Fed has called the rate transitory as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, but the high rate is expected to fuel public concern about inflation, which is contributing to Biden's dipping popularity rating. INFLATION ROSE TO 6.2% IN OCTOBER, THE HIGHEST ANNUAL RATE IN 30 YEARS Manchin, who objected to the size and scope of the president’s original proposed spending bill, has previously expressed concern about government...
    Republican billionaire Ken Langone says he is going to hold “one of the biggest fundraisers” he’s had for Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinExpected price increases raise political stakes for Biden Justice Democrats co-founder: Democrats have allowed Manchin, Sinema to become "dictators" of party Biden appeals for Democratic unity at DNC event MORE (D-W.Va.) “I’m going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I’ve ever had for him,” Langone said Wednesday on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “He’s special. He’s precious. He’s a great American.” Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has become a key vote as Democrats as negotiate President BidenJoe BidenVideo depicting violence removed from Rep. Gosar's account after blowback Federal judge rejects Trump effort to block Jan. 6 docs Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE’s $1.75 trillion social spending package, which includes universal pre-K, investments in climate change and expansions in Medicare.   "I don't see leadership any place in this country. Thank god for Joe Manchin. The guy gots guts and courage ... I'm going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I've ever had for him. He's...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Wednesday that D.C. “can no longer ignore” inflation as Democrats remain poised to pass the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act. Manchin released a statement after the Department of Labor revealed the Consumer Price Index rose at the fastest pace in decades in October. Breitbart News Economics Editor John Carney noted prices rose 6.2 percent compared with last October. Manchin said in response to the reports about Americans reeling from rising costs, “By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not ‘transitory’ and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day.” By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day. — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November...
    Billionaire Republican donor and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone has found a Democrat he likes. Langone said on Wednesday he intends to hold a fundraiser for Sen. Joe Manchin after the West Virginia Democrat stymied elements of President Joe Biden’s proposed sweeping social spending package, which is still under negotiation by congressional Democrats. "I don't see leadership any place in this country. Thank god for Joe Manchin. The guy gots guts and courage ... I'm going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I've ever had for him. He's special," says Ken Langone on @Sen_JoeManchin. pic.twitter.com/HUkZHdI41a— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) November 10, 2021 Langone said during an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box that rising inflation will cause the public to suffer, saying it is a “regressive tax” that will hurt “the poor people hardest of all.” “I don’t see leadership any place in this country. Thank God for Joe Manchin, by the way,” Langone said. AFTER SUNUNU DISAPPOINTS REPUBLICANS BY DECLINING SENATE BID, PARTY SEEKS A PLAN B Langone said Manchin has “guts and...
    VIDEO1:5701:57Ken Langone: I'm going to have 'one of the biggest fundraisers' for Sen. Joe ManchinSquawk Box Republican billionaire Ken Langone says he plans to host a fundraiser for Sen. Joe Manchin after the conservative West Virginia Democrat blocked key elements of President Joe Biden's agenda. Langone, in an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box, praised Manchin for his "guts and courage" and explained that he was set to raise money for him with Manchin up for reelection in 2024. "I don't see leadership any place in this country. Thank God for Joe Manchin," Langone said. "I'm going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I've ever had for him. He's special. He's precious. He's a great American." Langone has never contributed to one of Manchin's campaigns, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Manchin's office did not return a request for comment on Langone's statements. Manchin, who has made millions from the coal industry, has opposed certain plans of Biden's $1.8 trillion social spending plan, including clean energy provisions. He has also opposed raising corporate taxes above 25% and...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for the comptroller of the currency blasted Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in early 2020, saying he “is supposed to be on the Democratic side” as she discussed Congress’ hesitancy to increase government spending. Saule Omarova has been accused of praising Marxist policies and wrote her college thesis titled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution.” “People like Joe Manchin, for example – supposed to be on the Democratic side- and yet feel very uncomfortable with big-spending ideas, right?,” Omarova said. “To supplement that kind of fiscally constrained and politically constrained kind of spending, we need to make sure we have a strong public institution that can harness the existing abundant private capital and pull it in the right direction.” Omarova has drawn criticism from Democrats, making her nomination increasingly unlikely. President Joe Biden’s nominee for the comptroller of the currency blasted Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in early 2020, saying he “is supposed to be on the Democratic side” as she discussed Congress’ hesitancy to increase government spending. Saule...
    The House and Senate are both in recess this week, neither planning floor sessions. However, that doesn't mean that they're not working on the critical half of President Joe Biden's big economic, climate change, and family agenda he's calling Build Back Better (BBB). It's the companion bill to the hard infrastructure bill that both the House and Senate have passed. Now that House Democrats have decided to trust Biden's ability to bring recalcitrant Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema along and do it in the next three weeks, with the Thanksgiving holiday thrown in, the pressure is very much on. Because it's not just BBB that has to be dealt with by Dec. 3. The conservative House Democrats who have been fighting that larger budget reconciliation bill agreed that they would allow for a vote on the package "no later than the week of Nov. 15." So that's the immediate job. There won't be any time to rest if that achievement is met because Congress agreed to give themselves that Dec. 3 deadline for two rather important things: lifting...
    Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times via AP, Pool Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Over the past few weeks, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has been involved in some of the most intense Capitol Hill negotiations of recent years. As one of two hold-out Democratic senators impeding passage of President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar-plus social infrastructure and climate change package, Manchin has been a busy man, constantly conferring with fellow Democrats, privately meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and often communicating with Biden and White House aides. It’s been a whirlwind, as his threat to vote no has forced the Democrats to cut the Build Back Better bill in half and remove significant clean energy provisions and popular programs, possibly including paid family leave and Medicare expansion. Yet during this hectic and stressful stretch, Manchin has found the time to pursue a side project: a book deal.  In between negotiating sessions that have raised his profile in Washington and across the nation, Manchin...
    President Joe Biden’s sweeping reconciliation package could cost considerably more than the White House’s $1.85 trillion estimate, according to budget analysts who have pointed to “gimmicks” used to drive down the number. Democrats pledged that their “zero cost” Build Back Better plan would be fully paid for. But the actual cost of the social spending proposals could reach $4 trillion , more than double the White House’s estimate, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ECONOMY BEATS EXPECTATIONS WITH 531,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER, UNEMPLOYMENT DECLINES TO 4.6% “The framework relies heavily on the massive gimmick of arbitrary sunsets to make the numbers work,” CRFB President Maya MacGuineas said in a statement. “Extending these policies could end up costing up to $2 trillion over the decade, or perhaps even more.” To be fully offset, "any extensions would need to be fully paid for as well,” MacGuineas continued. “Unfortunately, such extensions have often been deficit-financed in the past.” After weeks of whittling down proposals, the White House unveiled a framework for a roughly $1.85 trillion agreement, with a preliminary...
    Fox News hosts Harris Faulkner and Brian Kilmeade criticized the climate protesters who harassed Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. During a Friday discussion on “The Faulkner Focus,” Faulkner and Kilmeade discussed the protesters, who surrounded Manchin while he was in his car, and pointed out just how dangerous a situation that created. (RELATED: ‘Bipartisan Is A Cuss Word To Them’: Fox Panel Criticizes Far Left Over Infrastructure Impasse) WATCH: “It’s disingenuous then to harass Senator Joe Manchin — did you see that video?” Faulkner asked. “I mean, anything can happen in those instances.” “Look how close these people are. The vehicle is moving. You are trying to slow it down, trying to stop it and anything can happen here,” Faulkner continued. “This is a toxic mix of desperation and disrespect.” Kilmeade argued that protests like that often backfired, causing the people being harassed to dig their heels in a little harder and refuse to budge. “It’s going to make him dig in more, he’s a pretty tough guy, a former governor. The first time we ever met...
    As United States senators from West Virginia and Arizona, respectively, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are supposed to represent the interests of approximately nine million people. But because of their self-appointed positions in the Senate as "centrists" — which is to say, "Vichy Democrats" who largely follow the lead of Republican fascists and corporate oligarchs — Manchin and Sinema have become the fulcrum upon which the Democratic Party's tenuous majority, and its political fortunes, pivots. In practice, they are using their disproportionate power in an antiquated legislative body to hold hundreds of millions of Americans as political hostages. Consider this: The policies included in Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's Build Back Better plan are remarkably popular — certainly among Democrats, but also among Republicans. Economists and other experts have shown that the Build Back Better plan is an investment in America's prosperity that would pay for itself, and more, in the decades ahead. In a state with disproportionately high rates of poverty, such as West Virginia, the Build Back Better plan could have a dramatic and positive impact. Joe...
    A group of leftist climate change activists blockaded moderate Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) car on Wednesday and boasted about it on social media. In a video posted to Twitter, activists associated with the group Sunrise Movement harassed Manchin at the yacht club in D.C. where his houseboat (not a luxurious yacht, as the group claimed) is docked. “Joe Manchin has been holding our futures hostage for fossil fuel bribes, so we went to his yacht,” the group said in the video. Confronting Manchin in the yacht club’s parking structure, activists were seen swarming the senator’s car, screaming at him through the window as he attempted to maneuver away. “Joe Manchin, is it worth it? Is the money worth it?” one male protester yelled at Manchin through his car window. “Is the money that important, Joe Manchin? Is it more important than my life, Joe Manchin? Is it more important than your kid’s life? Can you look me in my eyes as I talk to you? Do you only talk to millionaires?” The group later referred to the senator as “Maserati...
    A group of climate change protesters boasted about blockading Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's car on Thursday, accusing the moderate lawmaker of trying to run them over in his attempt to drive through a parking garage. The senator has also garnered quite a bit of attention for the vehicle he was driving. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, speaks on the phone in the Senate subway at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. House Democrats appear close to votes as early as today on the White House's $1.75 billion tax and spending plan and accompanying bipartisan infrastructure plan, even as negotiations continue among the caucuses in both chambers. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images) "We blockaded Joe Manchin's car and he tried to run us over," reads a TikTok video posted by @hungry4climatejustice showing the confrontation.  The clip shows a group of protesters standing in front and behind a luxury vehicle in a parking garage, holding a banner while at least one person leaned on...