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    It's no wonder Democrats have tired of him, since he prefers to hang with the Republicans. Two big stories hit the wires today, and reading between the lines in them, it seems like everybody is fed up with Sen. Joe Manchin’s back-stabbing of fellow Democrats, and they’re increasingly willing to talk about it. Obliquely and cautiously, of course, but nonetheless on the record. It seems that fellow Democrats are now willing to talk about just how untrustworthy he is.  The White House has been burned so many times by Manchin that they’re not going to say anything specific about how or whether they are proceeding with negotiations over rebuilding Build Back Better, the big climate and domestic investments bill that Manchin scuttled last year. “I would quite explicitly not comment on the conversations that are happening,” Brian Deese, Biden’s National Economic Council director, told reporters recently. “I don’t think that has served anyone particularly well.” It has indeed not, since Manchin has reneged time and time again. At this point, everyone involved is very carefully not saying anything about what Manchin has told them he’s...
    This is infuriating, and it shows why Republicans so often act in bad faith—because acting in bad faith works. For them, at least. While it would be nice if voters acted in their best interests by, say, supporting candidates who might measurably improve their lives, they actually appear to respond a lot more readily to fear. Which is somewhat ironic, since my biggest fear is that Donald Trump will be released on our country again like a sack of diarrhetic feral cats on the International Space Station hot bar. And this kind of shit ain’t helpin’, let me tell ya. Turns out voters really liked President Biden’s expanded child tax credit, which was part of his economy-boosting American Rescue Plan. But those warm, fuzzy feelings appear to have evaporated since Republicans colluded with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to kneecap Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which would have taken a permanent bite out of child poverty.  Voters who received expanded child tax credits payments in 2021 ended the year more likely than not to support Democratic candidates for Congress in...
    Organizers of the "Coal Baron Blockade" protest which targeted right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's coal empire Saturday afternoon reported that state police almost immediately began arresting campaigners who assembled in Grant Town, West Virginia. "Sen. Joe Manchin's policies hurt poor people and hurt our environment so deeply that activists are ready to put themselves on the line," tweeted the Poor People's Campaign, which joined grassroots group West Virginia Rising and other organizations in the blockade. As the @WV_Rising #CoalBaronBlockade kicks off, the police are already on the scene arresting people. This is how serious the situation is. @Sen_JoeManchin's policies hurt poor people and hurt our environment so deeply that activists are ready to put themselves on the line.pic.twitter.com/VucsQms5tc — Poor People's Campaign (@Poor People's Campaign) 1649525540 Hundreds of campaigners participated in the blockade of Grant Town Power Plant, which receives coal waste from Enersystems, the company owned by the West Virginia senator's son. Manchin earns $500,000 per year from Enersystems—"making a very lucrative living off the backs of West Virginians," said Maria Gunnoe, an organizer of the action, this week....
    Hundreds of people in West Virginia on Saturday plan to blockade a coal waste power plant that directly benefits right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin while contributing to the planetary emergency, with dozens of activists planning to risk arrest. The blockade will target Grant Town Power Plant, which receives coal waste from Enersystems, a company run by Manchin's son. The West Virginia Democrat earned $500,000 from Enersystems last year. "Participants will put their bodies on the line to highlight the harm from the Manchin family business, protest against the burning of coal waste, and call for a different future for West Virginia," said West Virginia Rising, which is organizing the direct action. The blockade follows the senator's decision in the last several months to reject numerous climate action provisions in the Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden's signature domestic economic package, and comes days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on the planetary crisis. The IPCC report reiterated that "immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors" are needed to limit global heating to...
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is distraught by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest comments about the Supreme Court. The West Virginia centrist was quoted by Axios in responding to McConnell saying Thursday that he will not commit to considering a Supreme Court nominee picked by President Joe Biden if Republicans win a majority this year. "Oh, that's so wrong," Manchin said. "I think that's our responsibility. We take an oath of office to do our job. ... I just hope he doesn't mean that." MCCONNELL COY ON A GOP-MAJORITY SENATE TAKING UP FUTURE BIDEN SUPREME COURT PICK McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told Axios that a question about holding hearings for a vacancy was hypothetical, and he argued it “puts the cart before the horse.” He later told Fox News, when pressed on what a Republican majority would do next year, "I'm not going to announce what our agenda might be on appointments before we even become the majority. I hope we're in a position to make a decision." Manchin voted in favor of Biden's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown...
    "But if Dems lose the midterms, people won’t be able to pen their pieces quickly enough about how AOC and the Left are to blame for Dems electoral woes," read another popular tweet. "Yes, but it's also the fault of moderate Dems who gave Manchin the bipartisan infrastructure bill he desperately wanted for nothing in return," said another critic. "Progressives warned that using it as leverage was the only way to force Manchin to deal. It was working until Biden asked them to yield." Not all agreed with Hayes' take. Some pointed out that many of the recipients of the child tax credit might have turned on Democrats after realizing that the money was simply an advance from their future tax refund. Others noted that Democrats had become very unpopular for numerous reasons, including inflation, the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, and skyrocketing gas prices. Here's more about Democrats' polling woes: Poll Numbers Push Democrats Into ‘Dangerous Territory’ In Midterm Meter www.youtube.com
    Chairman Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., conducts a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on domestic and international energy price trends, in Dirksen Building on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday that he is "deeply concerned" about the new climate disclosures proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a letter to the SEC, the West Virginia Democrat said that the proposals go against the regulatory body's stated mission, and that such policies will add "undue burdens on companies," especially in the fossil fuel industry. "The most concerning piece of the proposed rule is what appears to be the targeting of our nation's fossil fuel companies," he wrote. The SEC announced the proposed rules around climate disclosures on March 21. Companies would be required to report on greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related targets and goals, as well as how climate risks impact their business. Manchin said the proposed changes are unnecessary for several reasons, including that nearly two-thirds of companies in the Russell 1000 index release sustainability reports. But these reports...
    For months now, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has been fighting President Joe Biden’s agenda because he wrongly insists that those Democratic policies and priorities, if enacted, would cause more inflation. Never mind that all the economists worth their salt disagree: That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. Ironically, Manchin is setting up a scenario for very real inflation—and some big pain for Democrats—in the weeks just before the November midterm elections. When the Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) last year, they did a good and smart thing in increasing the subsidies people could get in order to purchase Obamacare health insurance. This was a pandemic measure, and is set to expire at the end of this year. Democrats had every reason to believe that they could make that more generous subsidy schedule permanent, and in fact included it in the Build Black Better (BBB) package that Manchin has since sunk. RELATED STORY: Manchin’s excuse to oppose Build Back Better is full of holes While the enhanced subsidies last through the calendar year, the notices that insurance companies send out...
    Two Democratic senators are urging President Joe Biden to initiate a new five-year plan to increase oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to trim rising gas prices amid concerns over global supply. They made their pitch in a letter a day after Biden announced his own efforts, including releasing 1 million barrels a day out of the strategic petroleum reserve over the next six months. 'Americans are facing record-level gasoline prices every day when they commute to work, drive their children to school and buy groceries and medicine,' the senators wrote. 'The additional disruptions in the oil market caused by Russia's illegal war in Ukraine could drive prices up even further.'  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) wrote President Biden asking for a new plan for Gulf of Mexico oil drilling Manchin is a key Democratic centrist. Kelly is up for reelection this year.  'We support your decision to coordinate a release of crude oil from the emergency reserves of International Energy Agency members but believe more must be done to provide relief to...
    Ocasio-Cortez urged her fellow Democrats to pivot from catering to 'an increasingly narrow band of independent voters' and instead focus on younger, more progressive Democrats who 'aren't necessarily being seen' Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) is warning President Joe Biden and her fellow Democrats that they're 'in trouble' on Tuesday if they party does not cater more to its progressive base before November's midterm elections. The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist suggested the president was ignoring the very people who got him elected in 2020 and urged Biden to use his executive powers to 'govern decisively' in a new interview with New York Magazine.  The left-wing firebrand, whose stunning upset victory over former House Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018 skyrocketed her to national prominence, claimed her style of politics was that of the future -- and that the days of 'backslapping' and back room deals are in the past. As an example she brought up West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whose opposition to Biden's progressive-backed Build Back Better plan killed the $1.75 trillion spending package despite months of negotiations between Capitol Hill...
    The New York Times has done a deep dive on how Sen. Joe Manchin got rich off of the coal business, and in a nutshell: Holy crap, is Joe Manchin corrupt.  If you pay attention to Manchin, you might know that he gets around $500,000 a year in income from his own personal coal company. Maybe you know that Manchin’s coal company has one customer to which it provides waste coal—coal that burns extra dirty—that customer being the only power plant left in West Virginia burning the waste coal at an expensive loss. But it gets worse. The Times investigation reveals that, in 1987, when Manchin was a state senator, he started helping the Grant Town power plant get up and running just outside his district. In 1988, while he was helping the power plant with the permits it needed, he set up his own business to provide that power plant with waste coal—garbage of bituminous, or gob. In 1989, the power plant got its permits and became the one customer of Manchin’s waste coal business. To get the permits for the Grant Town power plant,...
    Donald Trump drew a great deal of criticism from environmentalists and Democrats when he displayed his “Trump digs coal” signs during his 2016 presidential campaign, but one Democrat who never said anything negative about Trump’s pro-coal signs was Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The centrist Democrat has been a consistent defender of fossil fuels, and an article by New York Times reporters Christopher Flavelle and Julie Tate takes a look at how profitable coal has been for the 74-year-old senator over the years. Manchin, Flavelle and Tate note, earned a fortune from a plant in Grant Town, West Virginia, which is 15 miles south of the Pennsylvania state line. “Mr. Manchin’s ties to the Grant Town plant date to 1987, when he had just been elected to the West Virginia Senate, a part-time job with base pay of $6500,” the Times reporters explain. “His family’s carpet business was struggling. Opportunity arrived in the form of two developers who wanted to build a power plant in Grant Town, just outside Mr. Manchin’s district. Mr. Manchin, whose grandfather went...
    The pushback continues against Joe Biden’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) rules, put into place in February to consider greenhouse gas emissions and “vulnerable” communities when permitting natural gas pipelines, including criticism from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). “At a time when we should be looking for ways to expedite the approval of these important projects, the Commission has chosen on a purely partisan basis to do the exact opposite,” McConnell wrote in a draft of the letter he sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), obtained by Politico. “Erecting new roadblocks to affordable, abundant energy makes no sense, particularly in this tenuous time.” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Politico’s Morning Energy reported: FERC Chair Richard Glick and Commissioner Willie Phillips recently said they were open to making some changes to allay industry concerns, just weeks after they voted to pass the policies that put more scrutiny on the greenhouse gas emissions from pipelines as well as an emphasis...
    Adding Jackson to the nine-member Supreme Court would not impact the court's current ideological balance because Jackson, who is expected to be a member of the court's left-leaning contingent, would be replacing Breyer, who is regarded as a liberal justice. While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will not support elevating Jackson to the high court, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has announced he will vote in favor of placing Jackson on the Supreme Court bench. After meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. My full statement:pic.twitter.com/SUgwuBtHup — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin) 1648215813
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) intends to vote in favor of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court after “considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.” Manchin was seen by Republicans as the best chance for a Democrat “no” vote after Jackson’s record revealed her sentencing leniency toward child pornography criminals, as well as connections to critical race theory and gender theory in K-12 schools. “Judge Jackson’s record and career are exemplary,” Manchin’s statement posted to Twitter said, noting her “great temperament to make an exceptional jurist.” The news was praised by teachers union boss Randi Weingarten, who replied to Manchin’s post with, “As the Senator or anyone who sees Judge Jackson’s record & credentials should, but still very good news!!” “Judge Jackson and her family spend a great deal of time in West Virginia and her deep love of our state and commitment to public service were abundantly clear,” Manchin concluded. Manchin’s decision comes as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Thursday he intends to vote against Jackson’s...
    Sen. Joe Manchin announced he intends to vote for President Biden's Supreme Court pick Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Friday, essentially guaranteeing her confirmation.  Unswayed by a GOP blitz on critical race theory, gender and child porn cases, the moderate West Virginia Democrat said in a statement: 'Judge Jackson's record and career are exemplary.'  'Her wide array of experiences in varying sectors of our judicial system have provided Judge Jackson a unique perspective that will serve her well on our nation's highest court. During our meeting, she was warm and gracious. On top of her impressive resume, she has the temperament to make an exceptional jurist,' Manchin said.  The senator also noted that Jackson and her family spend 'a great deal of time' in West Virginia and have a 'deep love' for his home state.  'I am confident Judge Jackson is supremely qualified and has the disposition necessary to serve as our nation's next Supreme Court Justice.' With Manchin's swing vote in their camp, Democrats can now count on at least 50 votes to confirm the judge, with Vice President...
    Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday he intends to vote in favor of confirming Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, meaning she's practically assured of getting through the 50-50 Senate. “After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court," Manchin told reporters. The West Virginia Democrat's open support near-guarantees President Joe Biden's nominee to succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer will be the first black woman justice to sit on the nine-member court, as Democrats hold a narrow majority in the 50-50 Senate, given the vice president's tiebreaking vote. SEN. THOM TILLIS SAYS THERE'S 'NADA' CHANCE GOP BOYCOTTS SUPREME COURT NOMINEE “Notably, Judge Jackson and her family spend a great deal of time in West Virginia, and her deep love of our state and commitment to public service were abundantly clear," Manchin added. Manchin's remarks come just one day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed he will vote "no" for Jackson following...
    Chairman Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on pending nominations in Dirksen Building on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that he will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to become the next Supreme Court justice. "After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court," the West Virginia Democrat said in a statement. His support boosts Jackson's chances of becoming the first Back woman to sit on the U.S. top court. Jackson can win confirmation with the support of 50 senators in the evenly split chamber, where Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie-breaking vote. No Democrats have signaled they will vote against her. But Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, has broken with President Joe Biden and the rest of his caucus on some major issues, leading some to...
    (CNN)West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Friday that he plans to vote for President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, a move that all but guarantees she will be confirmed."After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court," Manchin said in a statement.Senate Democrats are hoping to move swiftly to a confirmation vote by the full Senate by early next month. They can confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court without Republican support if every member of their caucus votes in favor, which appears on track to happen, and Vice President Kamala Harris breaks a tie. It is not yet clear if Jackson will win any Republican votes.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) on Wednesday claimed that oil can be used to generate clean power as the nation transitions to renewables sources of energy. "For us to be strong, to be the superpower of the world, we should develop here in North America a North American energy alliance with Canada and basically Mexico and the United States as one continent basically that could be the energy hub," Manchin told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe. "We can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can make sure that we produce the cleanest resources basically from fossil but also be able to segue into a cleaner environment with the technology and investments that it'll take to transition," Manchin continued. "I think we can do both, but we have to maintain. You can't do just one and not the other and think we're gonna be fine. And that's what we're running into – the conundrum here. We should be ramping up production," Manchin added. "We should be out there doing everything we can to maintain...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition this week to a controversial Federal Reserve nominee was just the latest example of the centrist Democrat's willingness to stand in the way of his party’s most liberal impulses. Manchin’s announcement Monday that he would not vote to confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee banks at the Fed, was the death knell for a nominee whose history of left-wing positions had already drawn scrutiny from Republicans. Democrats have for months made Manchin a target of their frustrations over Biden’s stalled agenda. FIVE OF THE MOST SCATHING DEMOCRATIC ATTACKS ON JOE MANCHIN The White House had initially responded to Manchin’s latest opposition by saying it would continue to pursue the votes for Raskin’s confirmation, just as White House officials have in the past attempted to move bills and nominations forward in the face of Manchin’s previous objections. But Manchin’s will again prevailed, with Raskin withdrawing from consideration just one day after he said he would not support her. Here are some of the most recent roadblocks Biden has thrown in front...
    Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden's pick for a top Federal Reserve role, has pulled herself from consideration. Raskin sent Biden a lengthy letter on Tuesday withdrawing her nomination. Her withdrawal comes a day after Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia, said he would not vote for her, all but sealing her fate. He cited remarks she has made about climate change and the fossil fuel industry in his decision. The Washington Examiner asked the White House for comment. This story is breaking and will be updated. News Federal Reserve Inflation Climate Change
    With President Joe Biden having banned Russian oil and gas imports in response to the invasion of Ukraine, proponents of green energy are arguing that the Ukraine crisis makes a strong case for the United States going greener. But in West Virginia, according to Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Mike Tony, officials have been doubling down on fossil fuels — including Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat, and Republican Gov. Jim Justice. Manchin, according to Tony, is “among the members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation supporting a buildout of infrastructure for gas and oil extraction.” West Virginia leaders are calling for ramped up oil and gas production after the U.S. banned Russian oil, but experts and energy data suggest that's not a path to energy independence or a feasible short-term fix:https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/legislative_session/wv-leaders-prioritize-oil-and-gas-production-over-renewables-after-russian-oil-ban-risking-long/article_2a4686f8-4271-54ec-9076-ee0ea41f3418.html\u00a0\u2026 — Mike Tony (@Mike Tony) 1647187384 “Critics say that move would deepen U.S. energy vulnerability to the volatility of the global oil market and miss an opportunity to embrace renewable energy,” Tony reports. “Russia’s war on Ukraine has pushed the United States and its allies in Europe towards an energy crossroads.”...
    Raskin previously called fossil fuels "a dying industry" in a New York Times op-ed and has called for the finance world to move away from investing in oil and gas. On Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia issued a statement indicating he wouldn’t vote in favor of Sarah Bloom Raskin’s nomination for the Federal Reserve's vice chair of supervision. The reason? Manchin doesn’t support what Raskin’s had to say about fossil fuels. “Her previous public statements have failed to satisfactorily address my concerns about the critical importance of financing an ‘all of the above’ energy policy to meet our nation’s critical energy needs,” Manchin said in a statement. “I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to support her nomination to serve as a member of the Federal Reserve Board.” Ironically, Manchin claimed the Fed “is not an institution that should politicize its critical decisions.” The Democrat has been pushing the “all of the above” talking point to refer to increasing domestic oil and gas production alongside investing in renewables for months and even includes it on his website. Raskin...
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    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has imperiled and perhaps blocked the Senate confirmation of President Joe Biden’s Fed nominee Sarah Bloom Raskin over worries her opinions on U.S. energy are not conducive to American energy independence. “Her previous public statements have failed to satisfactorily address my concerns about the critical importance of financing an all-of-the-above energy policy to meet our nation’s critical energy needs,” Manchin’s statement read. “I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to support her nomination to serve as a member of the Federal Reserve Board.” “The Federal Reserve Board is not an institution that should politicize its critical decisions,” Manchin continued. “At this historic moment for both the United States and the world at large, it is imperative the Federal Reserve Board preserves its independence and steers clear of any hint of partisanship.” “The Federal Reserve Board must remain hyper focused on ending the inflation taxes hurting working families and getting more workers off the sidelines and back into the economy,” Manchin added. FLASH: @Sen_JoeManchin opposes Sarah Bloom Raskin Federal Reserve nom, dooming her confirmation...
    The White House wasn't caught off guard when West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced his opposition to Sarah Bloom Raskin for a top Federal Reserve role, likely killing her nomination. Though White House press secretary Jen Psaki wouldn't go into details, she said the news was known internally before it went public Monday morning. MANCHIN ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO BIDEN FED PICK RASKIN, IMPERILING HER NOMINATION "We were aware of his position in advance of Sen. Manchin's announcement," Psaki said. "She is one of the most qualified individuals to ever be nominated to this position, and so where we are now is our focus on continuing to work with Chairman [Sherrod] Brown to garner bipartisan support." Manchin, a centrist Democrat, announced his opposition to Raskin in a Monday news release. In his decision to oppose her nomination, he cited the importance of the Fed in fighting inflation and remarks Raskin has made in the past skeptical of fossil fuels. Raskin, whom President Joe Biden nominated to be the Fed’s vice chairwoman of supervision, has faced intense...
    A group of more than 80 House Democrats called on President Joe Biden on Monday to restart negotiations on stalled climate portions of the Build Back Better legislation. Democrats are asking Biden to take advantage of Democratic majorities in Congress to enact the bill's $555 billion in clean energy tax credits and other climate provisions, adding to pressure on the administration to act before the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are favored to win. “Throughout 2021, we bore witness to the devastating impacts of the climate crisis, further illustrating why transformational action cannot wait,” said the letter, authored by Reps. Sean Casten of Illinois, Jamaal Bowman of New York, and Nikema Williams of Georgia. “Inaction now will mean irreversible consequences for our future generations,” the group added. The letter included signatures from members of both the party’s centrist and liberal wings. “Every day we fail to reach an agreement on the baseline climate investments passed by the House is a day American families and businesses pay the price at the pumps and oil-rich oligarchs profit,” the...
    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin came under fire Monday after his recent remarks about government support for electric vehicles made the rounds on social media and suggested that the West Virginia Democrat—known for sabotaging his own party's agenda—either doesn't understand how EVs work or believes he can get away with misleading comments about them. Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell noted in a tweet that Manchin told an energy conference in Texas on Friday that "I'm very reluctant to go down the path of electric vehicles... I'm old enough to remember standing in line in 1974 trying to buy gas—I remember those days. I don't want to have to be standing in line waiting for a battery for my vehicle, because we're now dependent on a foreign supply chain—mostly China." While the final version of the infrastructure bill that Manchin championed and President Joe Biden signed last year included $7.5 billion to boost EV ownership and charging capacity nationwide, the senator also criticized Democrats' efforts to increase that investment to $85 billion, saying that he has "a hard time understanding" the use...
    Sen. Joe Manchin said he will not vote to confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin to a top Federal Reserve role, likely killing her nomination. The West Virginia centrist Democrat announced his opposition in a Monday news release. He cited the importance of the Fed in fighting inflation and past remarks Raskin has made that are skeptical of fossil fuels in his decision to oppose her nomination. The Washington Examiner has reached out to the White House for comment. This story is breaking and will be updated. News Federal Reserve Joe Manchin Climate Change Congress Biden Administration
    President Joe Biden took a dig at West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in a new interview – pointing to the stalled Build Back Better plan's $500 billion in climate programs despite Manchin's gripes.  Biden made the comment to with historian Heather Cox Richardson, speaking in front of a crackling fire in the China Room of the White House, when he brought up Manchin while defending his $1.8 trillion plan, which died at the end of 2021 with little movement since. He pitched individual programs in his State of the Union, and rolled out a new 'Building America Better' rebrand on a trip to Wisconsin this week.   'The Build Back Better piece. What people don’t realize, mainly because one senator from West Virginia talks about how it’s all social spending – well, you know, all the money in Build Back Better provisions, there is about $500 billion of it is for the environment,' he said in the Substack  interview. President Joe Biden took a dig at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in a new interview 'Five hundred billion is for the environment. But...
    A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday to ban Russian oil imports to the United States as the White House indicated it would not back such an effort. Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski introduced the Ban Russian Energy Imports Act, which would prohibit importing crude oil, petroleum, and other energy products from Russia for the duration of the conflict. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Brian Fitzpatrick of the Problem Solvers Caucus will introduce companion legislation in the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would support a ban on Russian oil imports earlier Thursday. At a press conference, Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said, “We’re coming together out of support for Ukraine.” PELOSI BACKS BAN ON RUSSIAN OIL IMPORTS “Energy has become a weapon of war for Putin,” Manchin said, adding that the bill would ban these imports in an effort to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine. “Hopefully, he will understand the economics of this to his country, the detriments of this to...
    President Joe Biden failed to mention one of his vital campaign proposals, the Build Back Better plan, during his first annual State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Although White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed President Joe Biden would “absolutely use the word inflation” during his speech, Biden absolutely omitted the Build Back Better Act, making no mention of the failed bill that died in Congress. Nowhere in Bidens 1 hour and 1 minute speech did he say "Build Back Better." The president is not giving up on components of his signature domestic spending package. But BBB — the name — appears to be retired. — Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) March 2, 2022 Some Democrat lawmakers claimed the Build Back Better plan is “not dead.” However, Biden’s failure to mention it by name during his first State of the Union address was a crucial turning point for the bill’s fate, which many Republican leaders already considered “dead” after it failed to get through the U.S. Senate. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) is mainly responsible for the nearly $2...
    Al Drago/Bloomberg Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) notably sat with Republicans during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The West Virginia senator has been a thorn in the side of Biden and progressives for staking out moderate and even conservative positions that have hampered some of the president’s aims. Most notably, Manchin appears to have single-handedly killed Biden’s signature Build Back Better agenda In December, he told Fox News, “If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything possible, I can’t get there.” In a 50-50 Senate, Manchin’s vote – along with every other Democratic senator’s – is absolutely vital. Senate Democrats had hoped to pass BBB via the budget reconciliation process, which would allow them to pass the bill by a simple majority vote instead of having to meet the 60-vote threshold to break a Republican filibuster. In the event of 50-50 tie vote in the Senate, Vice President...
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday pushed for an array of new energy initiatives in his State of the Union address, ideas that will please the progressive wing of his party but may be hard to swallow for some moderates. Biden argued his proposals would 'cut energy costs for families an average of $500 a year by combatting climate change.'  One of the key moderate votes Biden would need, Senator Joe Manchin, spent the speech sitting on the Republican side of the aisle next to Senator Mitt Romney. Manchin did stand and applaud with his fellow Democrats, sometimes being the only person standing in the sea of Republicans. The senator from West Virginia was making a gesture of bipartisanship, his spokesperson said. Senator Joe Manchin, a key moderate Democratic vote for President Joe Biden, sat with Republicans during the State of the Union address Manchin did rise and applaud with his fellow Democrats, sometimes being the only one standing in a sea of Republicans Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (right) sat with Republican Senator Mitt Romney (left) during the State of the...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., listen as President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool) J. Scott Applewhite/AP Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin opted to sit with Republican members during Tuesday's State of the Union rather than his Democratic colleagues. The West Virginia senator instead sat between GOP Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, directly behind Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. BIDEN REFERS TO UKRAINIANS AS 'IRANIAN PEOPLE' IN STATE OF THE UNION GAFFE As Biden gave his address, Manchin remained seated and refrained from clapping as others applauded the president for lauding items within his Build Back Better bill, including the expanded Child Tax Credit that expired in December, which Manchin opposed. During parts of the address, Manchin was spotted leaning over to speak to Romney on several occasions. Later on, Manchin was seen on the phone and...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding the Biden administration take even tougher actions to punish Russia by banning the importation of its oil amid its invasion of Ukraine Manchin, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said it was hypocritical to ask other countries to do 'what we can do for ourselves' – and demanded the administration halt the imports, which he noted exceed 500,000 barrels a day of oil and other petroleum products.  'To continue to ask other countries to do what we can do for ourselves in a cleaner way is hypocritical. To continue to rely on Russian energy as they attack Ukraine is senseless,' Manchin said. 'The entire world is watching as Vladimir Putin uses energy as a weapon in an attempt to extort and coerce our European allies. While Americans decry what is happening in Ukraine, the United States continues to allow the import of more than half a million barrels per day of crude oil and other petroleum products from Russia during this time of war,' the senator said in...
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday joined Senate Republicans in blocking legislation that would codify abortion rights into federal law, a vote that came as the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court prepared to rule on a case that could strike a fatal blow to Roe v. Wade. The final vote on whether to advance the House-passed Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) was 46-48, well short of the three-fifths supermajority needed to break the Republican-led filibuster. Every Senate Republican present voted no while every Democrat, with the exception of Manchin (D-W.Va.), voted yes. The House passed the WHPA in September, shortly after the Supreme Court let stand a draconian Texas law that deputizes private citizens to enforce the state's near-total ban on abortions. The Republican-authored Texas law, which inspired copycat bills across the country, has caused a 60% decline in abortions performed in the state. "Today I voted for the Women's Health Protection Act to safeguard the right to an abortion, but it's shameful that the Senate failed to pass this bill," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote in a social media post...
    Sen. Joe Manchin called on President Joe Biden to ramp up domestic energy production to curtail the United States's reliance on Russian oil and gas imports, accusing the White House of pushing “hypocritical” policies. The West Virginia Democrat said in a statement late Monday that the U.S. importing about a half-million barrels of oil products from Russia a month poses a “clear and present danger to U.S. national security." The “entire world is watching as Vladimir Putin uses energy as a weapon in an attempt to extort and coerce our European allies,” said Manchin, who leads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Many Republicans have said in recent days that Russia's aggression vindicates the case for added U.S. production of fossil fuels, but it's unusual for a member of Biden's own party to make the same argument. Manchin, though, has long favored fossil fuel production and has been skeptical of his party's regulatory agenda. “While Americans decry what is happening in Ukraine, the United States continues to allow the import of more than half...
    As if killing the Child Tax Credit, blocking voting rights, gutting key climate legislation, and refusing living wages wasn’t enough, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is now promoting legislation that further punishes the poor and marginalized. Along with Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, he’s introduced the PIPES Act, which undercuts key harm-reduction funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. It arrives with a media campaign launched by Fox News and other conservative outlets pushing bogus claims that the Biden administration is using government funds to buy “crack pipes,” tapping into a decades-long campaign to scapegoat vulnerable populations rather than address the root causes of the unconscionable conditions under which they live. This article was authored by Liz Theoharis. Paired with Manchin’s moralizing and obstruction when it comes to President Biden’s Build Back Better Bill because he “cannot accept our economy, or basically our society, moving towards an entitlement mentality,” his new legislation is more evidence that he privileges rich donors over actual constituents in West Virginia and is truly willing to punish the poor. He’s claimed that...
    A man in New York City has been convicted of threatening to kill Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Fox News hosts Greg Gutfeld and Laura Ingraham. The man, Rickey Johnson, was convicted on Thursday following a one-week trial, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Johnson reportedly made the threats via direct messages to Manchin, Gutfeld, and Ingraham, as well as through videos publicly posted to Instagram. “Rather than express his political differences constructively, Rickey Johnson escalated his discord by instilling fear,” United States Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement Friday. “Johnson’s attempts to scare and stifle a U.S. Senator and two Fox News hosts were federal crimes for which he has now been convicted by a New York jury.” According to the release, Johnson sent Gutfeld a private message saying, “you will be killed,” on January 30, 2021. He later posted public videos threatening to kill all three — saying he would “kill” Ingraham with his “bare hands” and declaring Manchin was to be “executed.” Johnson was convicted of two counts of transmitting threatening interstate communications — each...
    'Squad' member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Sen. Joe Manchin in a Thursday evening tweet, accusing the Democrat of blowing up his party's huge spending plans and condemning millions of children to poverty based on rumors that parents would spend tax credits on drugs. She leveled her accusation after new data showed the monthly child poverty rate skyrocketed at the start of the year after President Biden's expanded child tax benefits ended.  'One US Senator "heard stories" about people allegedly using the Child Tax Credit "for drugs" without any evidence or data to back it up,' tweeted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.  'He then used that as justification to nuke the entire national program, causing millions of kids to fall into poverty in weeks. Horrifying.' She did not name Manchin. She did not need to.   The conservative Democrat made clear he could not support child tax credits as part of the $2 trillion Build Back Better proposal, unless it included a work requirement for parents. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a thinly veiled attack on conservative Democrat Joe Manchin, describing how a senator blew up the party's social welfare...
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is leading the bipartisan effort to reform the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, which former President Donald Trump's allies tried to use to have Vice President Mike Pence overturn the 2020 election.  Politico reported Wednesday that Manchin is trying to fast track a bill - after getting most of the flak for killing President Joe Biden's Build Back Better legislation - with the goal of putting together a framework by the end of the week.   Republicans, who have signaled an openness to changing the act, aren't on board with Manchin's quick timeline and they also fear that Democrats will try to insert voting rights provisions into the legislation.  West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is leading the bipartisan effort to reform the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, which former President Donald Trump's allies tried to use to have Vice President Mike Pence overturn the 2020 election 'Democrats keep trying to push the envelope and talk about challenging state election laws in federal courts,' a GOP aide familiar with the talks told Politico.  Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina...
    Previously, Manchin indicated that he is open to supporting whomever President Joe Biden nominates to replace Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court so long as that person has the requisite experience for the job. In late January, Manchin told a local West Virginian radio show, “Whoever [Biden] puts up will have experience, and we’ll be able to judge them off of that, but as far as just the philosophical beliefs, no, that will not prohibit me from supporting somebody.” The senator’s indifference to a nominee’s worldview is not unique to this instance. In 2018, Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite public outcry and ruthless media scrutiny over his nomination. I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.pic.twitter.com/1FfuMTOZz8 — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin) 1538769291 While running in the 2020 Democratic primary race, then-candidate Biden committed to nominating the first black woman to the Supreme Court. In March 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed the now-president’s decision by stating that Biden is “absolutely” committed to nominating an “African-American...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is attempting to revisit conversations about a corporate tax hike with Democrats – but he's likely to face steep opposition from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has fashioned herself as a stalwart guardian of corporate interests. Last year, Manchin proved an insurmountable roadblock in negotiations over President Biden's $2.2 trillion social spending plan, also known as "Build Back Better." The House-passed bill, arguably the centerpiece of Biden's agenda, was officially torpedoed by Manchin back in December after Manchin and Biden met privately to hash out their differences but could not come to any agreement. Now, Manchin is attempting to revive the issue of raising the corporate rate – a move that was designed to finance the provisions contained in Build Back Better. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Manchin suggested that the Democrats should discuss a revised version of the bill, hiking corporate taxes to combat inflation, reduce the national deficit, and pay for its own provisions. "Why can't we just get a good solid tax plan that works?" Mr....
    Although Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has often been a source of frustration to the liberal/progressive wing of his party, the centrist West Virginia Democrat still has plenty of diehard supporters — from Never Trump conservatives to fellow Blue Dog Democrats. And one of Manchin’s staunchest allies, according to the Washington Post, is lobbyist Larry Puccio. Post reporters Theodoric Meyer and Jeff Stein, in an article published on Valentine’s Day, stress that during the Joe Biden era, Puccio has been cashing in on Manchin’s status as a key swing vote in the U.S. Senate. “Manchin is now the Senate’s swing vote and one of the most powerful men in Washington, and Puccio has figured out how to monetize his ability to get his old boss on the phone,” Meyer and Stein explain. “Barely a month after Democrats reclaimed the Senate last year, turning the ability to sway Manchin into a sought-after skill, Puccio registered for the first time as a federal lobbyist.” The reporters continue, “In less than a year, Puccio has cashed in. He and a partner...
    Joe Biden continues to show dismal favorability across the country with only four states giving him a higher approval than disapproval score and key swing states' approval averaging in the low 30s. The president's approval rating nationally sits around 40 per cent, according to several tracking averages, but a new CIVIQS poll showed it sitting at 34 per cent from the 165,786 respondents surveyed. His disapproval is at 57 per cent and 9 per cent neither approve nor disapprove. Biden's lowest approval rating, the poll reveals, is in West Virginia, where only 16 per cent approve of the president and a whopping 79 per cent disapprove of his job in office so far. West Virginia's Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has been at odds with the president and his colleagues recently as he insists he's representing the interests of people in his home state rather than what the party's establishment wants to pass with their slim majority in Congress. Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts are the only four states where Biden is not underwater – but no state shows him higher than...
    Sen. Joe Manchin will not support filling another Supreme Court vacancy should it arise close to the 2024 election, according to a report. "I'm not going to be hypocritical on that," the West Virginia Democrat told a reporter Monday. "If it comes a week or two weeks before, like it did with our last Supreme Court nominee, I think that’s a time it should go to the next election." Manchin later clarified to reporters that he was referring to a future presidential election and not the 2022 midterm elections, as he voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER TO RETIRE, GIVING BIDEN HIS FIRST PICK He previously opposed the hasty nomination and approval of Justice Amy Coney Barrett after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. "Rushing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee weeks before a presidential election has never been done before in the history of our nation, and it will only fan the flames of division at a time when our country is deeply divided,"...
    Yeah, him again. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who’s found relevance by being an asshole who won’t let us have anything nice, has reset the goalposts for President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats again. Now he’s saying he might agree to some of the provisions from the big Build Back Better (BBB) project he torpedoed back in December. That is, if Democrats decide the emphasis should not be on helping people survive and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, but on reducing the budget deficit. So as not to be the only person responsible for making the lives of lower income Americans miserable, Manchin is trying to deflect the onus of doing something, anything, on fellow problem child Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. “Why can’t we just get a good solid tax plan that works?” He asked rhetorically last week in a Wall Street Journal interview. “That’s the first thing to do.” He is proposing a hike in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 25%, raising the capital gains rate from 23.8% to 28%, and increased taxes on...
    The crack pipe saga continues.    Two Republicans appalled by a viral report alleging that the Biden administration was going to fund handing out crack pipes to drug addicts have introduced the 'HUNTER Act' to ban the distribution of drug paraphernalia, and even Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin signed onto a separate bill that would do the same.  Though Health and Human Services (HHS) has denied that crack pipes were ever to be included in the 'safe smoking kits' they will fund, Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Dan Bishop of North Carolina told Fox News that the Biden administration got caught 'red-handed.'  HHS is now considering applications from community groups to dole out $30 million as part of its Harm Reduction Grant. The grant will fund programs that offer materials for addicts to utilize when using to mitigate the spread of disease.  The Republicans' bill, the Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery Act this week, dubbed the HUNTER Act, is named after President Biden's son Hunter who has struggled with drug addiction. 'I like the HUNTER Act,' Boebert said, 'because it...