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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin reacted On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to the i-VT’s criticism, announced that he was not going to take marching orders from a socialist.

“Congress must proceed cautiously on any additional spending and I will not vote for reckless expansion of government programs,” Manchin wrote in a statement. “No op-ed from a self-proclaimed independent socialist is going to change that.”

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Sanders had an op-ed calling for every Democrat to support President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

“Poll after vote shows overwhelming support for this legislation,” Sanders wrote in the op-ed. Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Still, the political problem we are facing is that we need every Democratic senator to vote ‘yes’ in the 50-50 Senate, now we only have 48. Two Democratic senators in the opposition including Sen. Joe Manchin.

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Manchin said Sanders “has no ties to the state,” adding that his remarks are “the first time an out-of-stateer has tried to tell a West Virginian what’s best for them.”

“Millions of jobs are open, supply chains are strained and inevitable inflation taxes are eroding workers’ hard-earned money as gasoline and groceries continue to climb,” Munchkin said at Sanders for trying to “throw more money than he already has.” Alleging” said. Overheated economy while 52 other senators have serious concerns about this approach.”

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In his op-ed, Sanders, who has repeatedly pressured Manchin to help him pass Biden’s agenda, called the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act “the benefit of working families in West Virginia, Vermont, and across the country.” Described as a historic opportunity to support and make policy. Works for all, not just for some.”

Sanders held the press conference targeting Munchkin and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kirsten Cinema for their lack of support for the agenda, saying both should speak clearly about what they want from the spending talks.

In an op-ed for Granthshala News this week, Sanders offered similar comments.

“Will all Democrats stand together to protect the interests of the elderly, children, the sick and the poor?” Sanders asked in piece. “Will all Democrats stand together to combat the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry, and wealthy campaign contributors? I certainly hope so.”

Sanders initially proposed a $6 trillion infrastructure plan, later saying it was “probably too little” and that the current $3.5 trillion social spending package “should be the minimum.”

“The $6 trillion I originally proposed was probably too low. Three-and-a-half trillion should be the minimum. But I accept that there will be give and take,” Sanders said earlier this month.

Sanders could not immediately be contacted for comment.