Once again, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has thrown a wrench into his party’s plans for big spending.
Democrats were trying to push through a package that would supposedly fight climate change by raising taxes on corporations. It’s obviously just another tax and spend scheme.
Manchin said no and threw the whole plan into disarray. The left is NOT happy about it.
Joe Manchin Once Again Slays Democrats’ Big Spending Hopes
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is again smashing the Democrats’ spending plans. He should just become a Republican at this point, right? He won’t. One of the last true moderate-to-conservative Democrats in Congress told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he’s against any new spending package that increases taxes or has climate change provisions. That’s the ball game, folks.
It’s a 50-50 Senate. Manchin’s opposition kills any chance of a massive spending package sailing through before the midterms. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has also been a terror regarding her party’s agenda. She’s also one that’s just as independent-minded as Manchin and doesn’t kiss the ring of Schumer. Both have given Chuck agita over their stances on some of the party’s big-ticket items.
With Manchin gone, the Democrats must regroup and figure out what to do next. The West Virginia Democrat grabbed his sickle and cloak. He’s become the grim reaper for Senate Democrats again:
Sen. Joe Manchin has said he’ll oppose an economic measure he’s been negotiating with Democratic leaders if it includes climate or energy provisions or higher taxes on the rich and corporations, a Democrat briefed on the conversations said late Thursday, delivering a stunning blow to one of the party’s top election-year priorities.
To say that the left is not taking this well is an understatement.
One climate activist who was working on the plan reportedly sobbed after hearing the news about Manchin.
“Leah Stokes, a professor of environmental policy who has advised Democrats on climate legislation, sobbed on Thursday night as she described the months of work she and other activists, scientists and legislative staff had poured into negotiations”https://t.co/wILKvnOyqg
— Josh Kraushaar (@JoshKraushaar) July 15, 2022
If Democrats think it’s hard to pass their agenda now, just wait until after the midterms.