Top Democrat Senator Sounds Alarm: Biden Is Going in ‘Wrong’ Direction
'We started wrong,' Sen. Joe Manchin said
A top Democrat Senator has voiced concerns that Joe Biden is going in the wrong direction by being "partisan" in trying to pass a coronavirus stimulus plan.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was talking about his party's attempts to pass the coronavirus stimulus package by using the reconciliation process.
“We started wrong,” Manchin said.
“And I think that Joe Biden’s advisers have led him wrong to start out in a strictly partisan direction."
"We should have found something that we could have voted on bipartisan first and then gone down this lane when we hit a roadblock, and they didn’t do that, but that’s fine, we’re going to start this."
"I’m determined to make it bipartisan because if we go off the rails and there’s no bipartisan, you ain’t coming back for two years.”
Manchin stated the bill would have to be north of the $600 billion pushed by Republicans and less than the $1.9 trillion that the Democrats are pushing for.
Manchin even admitted that the Senate worked better together under Trump to pass bills than under the new Biden administration.
“Even under Trump, we had five COVID bills, the total of the five totaled $5.7 trillion,” Manchin said.
“Every one of them passed with 90 votes or more in the Senate. One of them passed voice vote, not even a vote because we all agreed.”
Manchin said that “a trillion-dollar bipartisan deal" could be obtained tonight, but the Democrats want" $1.9 [trillion].”
Manchin also vowed to defend the Byrd rule, which restricts provisions that can be pushed through with reconciliation.
“If they think they want to jam things down people’s throat? No,” Manchin said.
“If we can’t get one or two or three Republicans to vote with things that we should be doing in a bipartisan [way]."
"I’m not going down that path and destroy this place. I’m not going to let the Byrd rule be decimated.”
Manchin has already blasted Biden after Kamala Harris visited his state, West Virginia to give interviews to local media without informing him.
“I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me,” Manchin said.
“We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together."
"That’s not a way of working together.”