Joe Manchin sinks Joe Biden’s agenda & presidency. He killed LGBTQ civil rights when he did it.
Sen. Joe Manchin Photo: Third Way Think Tank For months now, Senator Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, has been hemming and hawing about how he could support Build Back Better. The omnibus bill would enact much of President Biden’s agenda, including battling climate change, reducing drug costs, and investing in child care. It would also provide tax refunds for some same-sex married couples .
Or more accurately, it would have. Yesterday, Manchin went on Fox News to kill the bill once and for all.
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“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” Manchin said. “I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.”
Manchin cited a number of reasons for his opposition, including concerns about the deficit and its impact on energy infrastructure. (West Virginia is a major coal producer, and coal is hardly a green energy source.) Over the course of months of negotiations, Manchin had already objected to some tax increases on wealthy Americans, Medicare expansion to include hearing aids, and the temporary nature of some of the programs in the bill.
But what apparently sent Manchin into orbit was a fairly bland […]