Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) cast serious doubt on the future of Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending proposal when he wrote on Thursday that he would not support the bill. In an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Manchin stated that leaders of his Democratic Party are not considering rising inflation or the size of the national debt in making policy choices. He said that the bill could lead to a “disastrous future” for America’s next generation.
To pass the spending bill, all 50 Democratic senators will have to vote in favor. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is also considered to have questionable support of the plan.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was quick to hammer Manchin shortly after his editorial was published. In a Tweet posted on Thursday, she wrote that Manchin’s “bipartisan corruption” was “killing people.” She said that Manchin has “weekly huddles” with Exxon and lets lobbyists write Congress to enact the fossil fuel bills.
AOC did not shy away from capitalizing on the devastation caused in the New York City area by the remnant of Hurricane Ida. She said that “it,” apparently referring to Manchin’s voting record, killed “at least 12 last night.” That was the number of people killed by flooding in the city.
She added that energy corporations and “dark money” are destroying “our democracy” and the planet.
AOC’s fellow “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also took a shot at Manchin on Twitter Thursday. She asked Manchin to “look into the faces” of her constituents who have had flooded basements and power outages instead of “writing op-eds.” Tlaib did not connect her Michigan district and the flooding in New York and New Jersey, but apparently, someone in Michigan had a flooded basement at some point.
As the vote draws closer in the Senate for the massive spending proposal, Americans can expect to hear every complaint imaginable from the “Squad” and Democrats in general if Manchin holds firm to his stated conviction.