Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) is not happy with Dem Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) after Manchin came out publicly against Biden’s latest spending bill Build Back Better. Maxine went on MSNBC to call Manchin’s common sense move ‘disgusting.’
Waters said: “While Manchin is exercising unusual power because of the numbers and is willing to be one man, one person that will hold up assistance to the American people, is absolutely disgusting and amazing to me.
“In that bill, we have the child tax credit, where we’re having to eliminate poverty for children in this country. I have in that bill money for housing. The cost of housing is exploding. We need to build affordable housing. We need to do something about homelessness.
“I don’t know how he thinks he’s going to get away with this. As a matter of fact, I agree with Bernie Sanders.
“Put the bill up and let him stand before the American people and tell them that he does not support child care and climate change, and housing assistance for people who are desperately in need of rental assistance and the ability to have safe and secure housing.
“If he wants to be that person that will stand up before the American people and deny assistance to the people of this country, put the bill up on the floor and let him vote it up or down.”
Rep. Maxine Waters on Sen. Joe Manchin’s No: Disgusting.” pic.twitter.com/CWvXdBYSTm— MSNBC Reports: Weekends (@MSNBCweekends) December 19, 2021
lhan Omar was not happy either. Omar said:
“I mean, we all knew that Senator Manchin couldn’t be trusted. The excuses he just made, I think, are complete bullsh*t. It is really disheartening to hear him say that he has been trying to get there for the people of West Virginia because that’s a complete lie. The people of West Virginia would greatly benefit from their families having access to long-term elderly care and care for folks with disabilities.
“They would benefit from the expansion of the child tax credits. They will benefit from having access to pre-k. There are just so many things that, you know, the people of West Virginia desperately need. And we know that he is not working on behalf of their interests, and I really am just completely disappointed and disgusted by his reasoning.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said:
“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can’t. I tried everything humanly possible, I can’t get there. This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.
“You have the debt we’re carrying, $29 trillion. You have also the geopolitical unrest that we have. You have the COVID, the COVID variant. And that is wreaking havoc again. People are concerned.
“I mean I’m with my family. I know everyone is concerned. So when you these things coming at you the way they are right now, I’ve always said this, if I can’t go home and explain it to people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it.”
“He knows that I’ve had concerns and the problems I’ve had,” he said of Biden.
“The thing we should all be directing our attention towards is the variant of COVID we have coming back at us in so many different aspects and different ways.
“It’s affecting our lives again.
“So I think that’s where our attention needs to be directed toward immediately,” he said.
“Everyone still has the aspirational things they want to do,” Joe said. “They say, ‘Can we still make this fit? We’ll just cut it down to two years versus 10 years, we’ll cut this one to four years versus 10 years or one year versus 10 years.
“That’s not being genuine as far as I’m concerned with my constituents in West Virginia,” he said.
Manchin released a statement after appearing on Fox News that said:
“Despite my best efforts, I cannot explain the sweeping Build Back Better Act in West Virginia and I cannot vote to move forward on this mammoth piece of legislation.
“My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face.
“I cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores and utility bills with no end in sight.
“If enacted, the bill will also risk the reliability of our electric grid and increase our dependence on foreign supply chains.
“Our ability to quickly and effectively respond to these pending threats would be drastically hindered by our rising debt,” he said.
Let’s be clear: Manchin’s excuse is bullshit. The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 19, 2021
This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure. https://t.co/dhzcSk0qUV
Manchin's full statement on BBB. He leans in heavily on the national debt (which Biden says his proposal wouldn't increase). He also talks about a 2010 debt warning from Adm. Mullen (debt service costs are up since then but still well, well below levels seen in the 80s and 90s). pic.twitter.com/j3GBGFjZbL— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) December 19, 2021