Moderate Dem Senator Calls Out VP Harris for TV Appearance in His State
By Jack Davis
Published January 31, 2021 at 10:45am
When the White House had Vice President Kamala Harris call a West Virginia television station to spread the word about doling out checks to the American people, someone was surprised Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
And Manchin a moderate West Virginia senator who has made a career of going his way regardless of party doctrine was not pleased.
I saw it [the interview]; I couldnt believe it. No one called me [about it], Manchin said, according to WSAZ-TV, the Huntington station that conducted the Harris interview.
Were going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward
but we need to work together. Thats not a way of working together, he said.
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Thats not how White House press secretary Jen Psaki saw it.
Vice President Harris was making those calls because we want to make the case to the American people across the country. And obviously shes not traveling to those states and holding big events or even events with, you know, not big crowds, but some crowd. And so this was a way to do exactly that, Psaki said, referring to calls Harris made to outlets in West Virginia and Arizona, according to a White House transcript.
Bidens coronavirus relief plan would give $1,400 checks to Americans, on top of the $600 ones approved in December and $1,200 checks sent last spring.
Manchin has been cool to a new onslaught of money coming out of Washington.
We met [President Bidens] economic team, and they put out what they wanted. We said, Just show us the figures. Because people need to know. We want to help everybody that needs help, Manchin told WSAZ.
He made it clear that needs is the key word.
But if a person is making $250,000 or $300,000, I dont think theyre in much as need as a person making $40,000 or $50,000. Were going to target it, Manchin said.
Earlier this month, he pushed back on a round of checks.
How is the money that we invest now going to help us best to get jobs back and get people employed? he said in a comment picked up by Fox Business Network. And I cant tell you that sending another check out is gonna do that to a person thats already got a check.
I dont know where in the hell $2,000 came from, Manchin said, according to The Washington Post. I swear to God I dont. Thats another $400 billion.
Manchin said the first priority needs to be getting people vaccinated, not sending checks.
If they can direct money and they say, This will help stimulate the economy, hell yeah, Im for it, Manchin said. But basically right now, you better get them vaccinated.
Only a dictator does things without telling subordinates what is going to happen until it has acually happened.
I think we can expect that Biden will be Obama 2.0. He has already shown that by eliminating 11,000 jobs by ending the border wall construction and the Keystone XL oil pipeline. And it is the supporting industries that are also hurt along withe primary Union jobs.
Plus he has signed Executive Orders to reverse many of those signed by Trump.