Democratic Senator Joe Manchin had an awkward exchange with protesters from the deck of his yacht this week as his party was forced to delay voting on two infrastructure bills because they opposed parts of the legislation .
From his $250,000 boat named “Almost Heaven” on the Potomac River in D.C., the West Virginia centrist explained why he opposed a large portion of a bill backed by progressives — dental and vision care, and hearing aids. Expanding Medicare to include
Of the Medicare Trust Fund, he said, “We’ll get to that eventually, but right now we can’t even pay attention… it’ll break in 2026.” “Let’s fix and repair it first.”
Mr Munchkin’s words were booed by activists who had approached the senator in a small fleet of kayaks and urged him to support various aspects of the reconciliation bill.
Democrats expect the bill to pass along party lines and sign into law using a budget measure to avoid the unified opposition expected from Republicans.
“We have one chance now to pass this law,” one protester told the senator.
Granthshala Munchkin’s office to ask about whether his image on an expensive houseboat clashes with his demand that Democrats remove nearly $2 trillion worth of programs from the $3.5tn reconciliation bill.
Mr. Manchin is opposed to expanding Medicare. He told protesters that it would be unable to fully cover health insurance costs by 2026 unless action is taken by Congress to increase revenue or cut spending.
Democrats on Saturday reset the deadline for passing their two infrastructure bills to October 31 after Mr Manchin and Arizona’s Kirsten Cinema indicated that they would both use the reconciliation bill at its current size. protest, threatening dozens of members of the House to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure. settlement bill until the Senate first passed the $3.5 tn package and sent it to the House.
Progressives have in recent days fired two conservative members of their party’s Senate caucus in opposition to the $3.5tn number and publicly swore Finding and funding the pair’s primary challengers, although Ms. Cinema and Mr. Manchin are not set to be re-elected until 2024.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /