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    Sen. Joe Manchin, the self-styled conservative Democrat from West Virginia, is driving progressives crazy — and he doesn’t seem to mind. Manchin says President Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion COVID relief bill is too big, and he wants to cut it. He says he strongly opposes a $15 federal minimum wage, one of Biden’s top campaign promises. He announced last week that he won’t vote to confirm Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, because her campaign-year tweets struck him as too partisan. He hasn’t decided whether to support Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, Deb Haaland, because she has advocated tough regulation of coal and natural gas, two important industries in West Virginia. His refusal to back Tanden, an Indian American, and Haaland, a Native American, drew fury from progressives, who pointed out that both are women of color. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., complained on Twitter that...
    Democrats are wrong to argue that Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to the nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget stems from bigotry, Laura Ingraham said Wednesday.  "Manchin's decision wasn’t arbitrary, it was sensible," began "The Ingraham Angle" host. "Tanden, like so many other Biden Cabinet and sub-Cabinet picks ... is an obscenely stupid and polarizing choice. A venomous hack, Tanden has sprayed conservatives, including sitting U.S. senators, with gratuitous and groundless attacks. She is also a conspiracy theorist and Russia hoax super-spreader." Ingraham played several clips in which cable news hosts alleged that the West Virginia Democrat's opposition to Tanden is because she is a woman and a person of color "Why not just defend the nomination on substantive grounds?" Ingraham asked. "I can tell you why. Because Tanden's qualifications are really flimsy, that's why. Raising money for left-wing causes and attacking Republicans on the internet hardly qualifies you to run the Office of Management and Budget." MEDIA PUNDITS CLAIM OPPOSITION TO NEERA TANDEN IS DUE...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin has had multiple one-on-one phone calls with President Joe Biden. He can send the White House into a tailspin with a single five-minute interview or three-sentence statement. And he may have already derailed some of the administration’s policy priorities and a Cabinet nominee. And it’s not just Manchin who’s wielding outsize influence over Biden’s agenda. With a 50-50 split in the Senate leaving little room for error on tough votes, other moderate Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jon Tester of Montana also hold significant political clout in Biden’s Washington, making for a muscular counterweight to the progressives who make up the party’s base. “Each and every one of these members has the ability to be the king- or queen-maker on Capitol Hill,” said Jim...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin has had multiple one-on-one phone calls with President Joe Biden. He can send the White House into a tailspin with a single five-minute interview or three-sentence statement. And he may have already derailed some of the administration’s policy priorities and a Cabinet nominee. And it’s not just Manchin who’s wielding outsize influence over Biden’s agenda. With a 50-50 split in the Senate leaving little room for error on tough votes, other moderate Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jon Tester of Montana also hold significant political clout in Biden's Washington, making for a muscular counterweight to the progressives who make up the party’s base. “Each and every one of these members has the ability to be the king- or queen-maker...
    Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated Vice President Kamala Harris’s first tie-breaking vote in the Senate, passing President Biden’s partisan $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package, proclaiming it is “what democracy looks like.” “Early this morning I was proud to watch VP Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to push forward necessary aid to help get us through this pandemic,” the Democrat senator said Friday morning, acknowledging that it “never would have been possible without the people of Georgia,” as duel Democrat victories in the Peach State were necessary for Democrats to secure a technical majority in the upper chamber. “This is what democracy looks like,” he proclaimed: Early this morning I was proud to watch VP Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to push forward necessary aid to help get us through this pandemic. This never would have been possible without the people of Georgia. This is what democracy...
    Fox News host Dana Perino said Wednesday that there was no one who could “sit on a fence like Joe Manchin.” Perino joined “The Five” to discuss Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s call for a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package — a move that had been criticized by progressives who wanted to use budget reconciliation to pass President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion plan. (RELATED: ‘Joe Biden, Will You Ever Talk To Us?’: Dana Perino Notes Media Frustration As Bidens Give First Interview To People Magazine) WATCH: Co-host Juan Williams shared a clip of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said that Democrats planned to push the plan through with or without Republican support. Williams then turned the question to Perino, asking whether she thought standing in Schumer’s way might put Manchin at any real risk of a more progressive primary challenge. “Dana, let me just start with a...
    (CNN)Joe Manchin once shot a hole in the climate-saving plan of his own party. Literally. It was 2010 and, as he ran to be a senator from coal country, the Democrat reminded West Virginia that "I sued the EPA and will take dead aim at the Cap-and-Trade bill," before raising his rifle and blasting a copy of the proposed legislation pinned to plywood. A decade later, Manchin is just a skosh left of center in a 50-50 Senate -- an important vote for any legislation President Joe Biden wishes to pass from his agenda, which includes a climate plan vastly more ambitious than any in US history. Sen. Joe Manchin, here at President Biden's inauguration, represents West Virginia in Congress and on his mask.With two rounds of executive orders, the new President is commanding every agency in the government "be guided by the best science" in rolling back dozens of...
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday that he did not foresee leaving the Democratic Party. Manchin told Fox News anchor Bret Baier that, despite a few key policy differences with some of the more vocal members of his party, he still believed that the Democratic Party was his home. (RELATED: ‘This Is So Ill-Advised’: Joe Manchin Pans Impeachment Effort, Says The Votes Just Aren’t There) WATCH: Manchin reaffirmed his own position on issues like defunding the police, Medicare for all, and getting rid of the filibuster — he opposed all three. “We can’t even pay for Medicare for some,” he said. “I’ve been in the minority and we’ve had very little input and I intend to work with my minority partners for them to have input,” Manchin added, saying that he felt like it was his job to work for bipartisan solutions, and that was what he...
    As Democrats prepare to assume total political power in Washington in the wake of twin Georgia Senate wins, the most progressive among them in Congress see an opening to pursue a policy agenda that would have been largely shelved had the state broke for the GOP. Among the most immediate objectives is an expanded COVID-19 relief package, which Democrats broadly agree is the best way to spend their political capital. For weeks, officials have demanded $2,000 “survival checks” for Americans financially struggling during severe pandemic conditions. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, along with the expanded bench of progressive members in the House, have embraced the funding as a necessity, tying the prospect of delivering more money to those in need to the crucial Georgia races. But many on the left don’t want to stop there. Progressives who reluctantly supported Biden in his bid against President Donald Trump...
    Sen. Joe Manchin is pledging to block major progressive legislative goals if Democrats retake the Senate. Speaking to Fox News’ “Special Report” Monday, Manchin (D-WV) made the promise while discussing the future of the upper house of Congress, and how the 100-member body was facing a down-the-middle split between Democrats and Republicans. If Democrats are successful in their two Senate runoff races in Georgia in January, bills in the Senate could be moved by a single vote. “50-50 [control] means that if one senator does not vote on the Democratic side, there is no tie and there is no bill,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “I commit to tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts...
    Senator Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said that if Democrats are able to win control of the Senate, he will not back his party's calls to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster rule nor any other "crazy stuff" they may intend to put forward under a Biden presidency. Manchin told "Special Report" on Monday that he is a proud Democrat and that it must be understood that not every elected member of the party supports the progressive wing's policy priorities -- though appeared to acknowledge they have been given some weight during the election cycle. He noted that if Republicans Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina are able to fend off Democratic challengers in two races not yet called by Fox News, the control of the chamber may come down to dueling runoff elections in Georgia. VideoIncumbent Kelly Loeffler -- appointed to fulfill the rest...
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