House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed “enormous admiration” for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, negotiating with Democrats to prevent President Joe Biden from winning a legislative triumph. Many people were horrified by what she said on social media, accusing her of disrespecting the senator.
On social media, some people labeled Manchin “self-serving” and “embarrassing,” while others accused him of attempting to maintain his “rebel” image. “Sounds like she’s been duped then, thinking the Republican is a Democrat,” one Twitter user said. “Manchin is a bought politician, religion is no longer a part of his life,” another remarked.
.@SpeakerPelosi: "Look, I think that Joe Manchin is a great member of the Senate. We're friends, we're Italian-Americans. You know, we get along. Catholic. We have shared values. I have enormous respect for him." pic.twitter.com/PCDc72jtmd
— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2021
President Joe Biden’s goal to alter the government’s role has brought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Joe Manchin to a stalemate. Before House liberals vote on a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan, Pelosi wants the White House to sign off on a multibillion-dollar bill extending the social safety net. “That won’t happen,” said Manchin, a key vote in the 50-50 Senate.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have questioned the Senate’s infrastructure bill’s $3.5 trillion price tag. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the House of Representatives and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of the Senate attempt to agree with moderates on their version.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to rally their party on his domestic agenda. According to a senior administration source, the discussion was more of an update on where moderates are on the reconciliation package than a significant breakthrough.
If Congress fails to approve an infrastructure bill this week, transportation programs that are about to expire will have to be reauthorized in some other way. Sen. Tom Carper says he and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito have discussed leaving the surface transportation spending bill in place until early December. If the law were to expire, “you’d witness a cascade impact starting later this week,” he added.