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December 23, 2021

Democrats Set To Play Hardball with Manchin

Senate Democrats appear to be bracing for a hardball approach to pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Manchin will have to repeatedly defend his opposition to popular programs, including an enhanced child tax credit, lower Medicare prescription drug prices, and subsidies for child care costs.

Democratic aides say the West Virginia senator can expect tougher treatment from Schumer and other lawmakers under new pressure from the base for failing to follow through on the “big bold” agenda they promised earlier this year.

“He has had absolutely no pressure,” said one Democratic aide, citing Manchin’s friendly meetings at the White House and Biden’s home in Delaware this fall.

“Biden’s got to grab him by the lapels and say, ‘Listen, this ends now,'” the aide added, warning there’s little chance of passing another piece of major legislation before the 2022 midterms if Build Back Better fails.

“He’s going to blow up the president’s agenda, so I think you have to play hardball, but there are different ways to play hardball,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist.

“He’s making them look ineffective,” Jarding added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a regular critic of Manchin’s, called his refusal to support Build Back Better “an egregious breach of the trust of the president.”

“Of course, we have every right to be furious with Joe Manchin but it’s really up to leadership in the Democratic Party who made the decision to get us to this juncture and how we’re going to move forward and I think right now that the Democratic leadership as a very large number of tools at their disposal,” she said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“And it’s really about time that we take the kid gloves off,” Ocasio-Cortez added.


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Democrats set to play hardball with Manchin

5 comments on Democrats Set To Play Hardball with Manchin

  1. Rosie46 says:

    Manchin is working to keep our country stable, free and sovereign, unlike the communist in the WH and all the lackey Dems and RINOs has had the courage to stand against the criminals like Biden, pelosi, Schaffer, Schumer. This group needs to be tried for treason and imprisoned or hung.

    1. Nate Fahcist says:

      You forgot your medication…or maybe you didn’t-that’s even worse!!

    2. LINDA DIANA KOVACS says:

      WELL SAID ROSIE

  2. Dana Whittemore Sr. says:

    The Democrats say Manchin has no courage I say he is very courageous he is standing against the wrong thing and doing the right thing!!! He is a Man among children!!!

  3. R.T. says:

    Manchin is one of the few Senators willing to stand up and represent the citizens of his state…NOT the Democratic Party…which is how a Constitutional Republic is supposed to work. All other Democratic Reps should take note; They represent THEIR state…NOT their ‘party’ or that party’s crappy agenda…

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