“January 6 changed me. I never thought that in my life I had never read a history book where our form of government was attacked at the seat of government, Washington, DC, at our city hall by the people.” Our own, ”Manchin said, adding. “Something told me,”; Wait, pause, hit the pause button. “Something’s wrong. You can’t divide many people where they want to go to war with each other.”
Who is the West Virginia senator dominating in the room where Democrats control the smallest possible majority under the 50-50 partisan division? Manchin says he wants to use that power wisely. intelligent
“I’ve watched people with power and hurt them,” he said. “I’ve watched people who seek power and destroy themselves, and I’ve watched people who have moments to make a difference and change things and use them. – I want to be the third person ”
Manchin’s comments come days after senators ruled that Democrats may be able to implement a so-called reconciliation budget process several times this year that would allow Democrats to push. Push even more on Biden’s agenda, but Manchin won’t be determined to go that way, arguing that he wants to see more contact with Republicans first.
“Reconciliation was never intended to be our main focus or the main driver of legislation. It was not an occasional legislation, I understand,” said Mancin, but he added. “There is a time and a place”
Manchin also stood up to his opposition to changing Senate rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold required to pass most of the legislation so Democrats can push more laws on voting. Party style “I didn’t kill the movie maker. I’ve been very clear,” he said.
As mentioned, Democrats will have to get 10 Republicans to support the infrastructure bill to pass what is known as a regular order. But it is not clear who will be on board. There is not a single Republican voting for the Covid relief bill, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said that Biden’s infrastructure bill was too big. It has repeatedly said that he believes the Republicans will “yes”, it said, that further discussions are needed.
Asked if there were talks about the council’s law, Manchin said, “We haven’t received the bill yet. We haven’t. I’m happy to work with them, sit down, and we call it common sense.” Gun. ”
Manchin said he has an open line of communication with the White House and has a good relationship with Biden.
“They talk very kind, we talk, we communicate as often as I want and as often as they want,” especially Biden, he said. “Whenever he calls me, he calls and we talk nicely. We have long friendships and relationships. We understand each other.”