Joe Manchin Checkmates House Dems: “Holding this bill hostage will not get my support”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) checkmated House Dems Monday and demanded a vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill while telling them he will not be signing their larger reconciliation bill until any time soon.

He also criticized the total incompetence from the House Dems telling them he has “never seen anything like it” before urging them to stop playing games, “the political games have to stop,” Manchin said.

He said he was shocked that Biden had to go talk to the House twice and that his assurances were not good enough for the left so he simply shut them down one last time.

Manchin said: “In my view, this is not how the US Congress should operate. Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill.”

“I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward. But I’m equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.”

“This is a recipe for economic crisis,” Manchin said of budget “gimmicks” the Dems are trying to stuff in the reconciliation bill before adding he won’t support a bill “without greater clarity.”

“It is time to vote on the BIF bill, up or down,” he demanded.

He added, “We must allow time for analysis and complete transparency” on the Build Back Better bill.

House Dems and Jen Psaki continued to be oblivious to reality.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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