Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) houseboat in Washington, DC on Monday, activists from Kayak and other watercraft, urging liberal lawmakers to work with his allies to pass a big budget reconciliation bill did.
A small group of protesters, along with Greenpeace USA, Young West Virginia, Race Matters WV, CASA and the Center for Popular Democracy Action groups, took to the waves outside the boat, “almost Paradise”, “No Climate No Deal,” and “Don’t Sink West Virginia” banners.
Protesters were targeting Munchkin’s ongoing resistance Democrats‘ ambitious, multi-trillion dollar social and environmental package, a key part of the President Joe BidenU.S. legislative agenda that will dramatically increase funding to address climate change, spend billions on infrastructure and fund programs such as free Pre-K and dentistry for senior citizens.
“With West Virginians trying to reach San Manchin in every way we can, we want to let him know that we need this bill,” Race Matters WV executive director Loretta Young said in a statement. “79% of West Virgin wants this bill! And yet, Sen. Manchin is still blocking it. He’s not listening to us, he’s listening to Big Money. So we’re here on his yacht in DC today.” “
Munchkin has repeatedly lashed out at his party’s efforts, saying there is already enough spending by the end of the year and vowed to Democrats. Initial, $3.5 trillion figure was too high. His stance has angered progressives and other Democrats, though the party has asked Munchkin to tell him what provisions it wants to cut so that they can move forward.
Democrats need all 50 members in the Senate to vote in favor of the bill because they have the lowest majority in the House.
“What’s needed? There’s no timeline. I want to figure it out,” Munchkin told Politico About the law earlier this month. “I don’t think anything is over. Right now, we have good nutrition for kids, there’s a lot of stuff involved right now.” [into] Next year.”
He added to the outlet that his protest was merely a “pause”, not a protest.
Greenpeace USA said in a press release Monday’s protest was “the first day” of a series of flotilla protests that described Biden’s agenda as “a prime opportunity to kickstart a clean energy future.”
“Munchkin needs to realize that the fossil fuel industry is about to end and we refuse to let it drag the rest of us down with us,” John Noel, a senior climate campaigner at Greenpeace USA, said in a statement. “Congress cannot fall into the false choice of big oil between a healthy economy and a healthy planet.”