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Democrats Turn On Key Lawmaker And Push For Primary Amidst Congressional Confusion, Biden Inaction
Democrat Party activists are reportedly calling for moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to be primaried when he runs for reelection in 2024, following his refusal to vote for climate change initiatives and new tax legislation.
“This man has been a thorn in the side of not only the White House, but the American people as well,” said Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign advisor, according to Fox News.
“West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the nation, yet he stands in the way of legislation that would help working people. He should be primaried for that alone,” Turner added.
These comments come after Manchin refused to greenlight a $300 billion subsidy and tax credit package in Congress last week, which would have gone to clean energy technology initiatives.
In addition, the West Virginia native has refused to eliminate the filibuster, a longstanding Senate tradition that allows the minority party to block legislation if it doesn’t reach the necessary threshold of 60 votes.
At a time when the Senate is split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris (D) serving as the tie-breaking vote, the lone dissenter — Manchin — has considerable power to shape legislation and stop Democratic policy projects in their tracks.
“I said, ‘Can we just wait until the inflation figures come out [for] July until we know if the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates?’” Manchin told West Virginia MetroNews. “Then make the decision on what we can do and how much we can do.”