Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has announced that he will join Republicans in the negative when voting on the Build Back Better Plan–the paramount of President Biden’s New Year Agenda.
As both Senate Republicans & Democrats waited eagerly for Sen. Manchin’s decision, it was announced that given the current economic climate, along with fervent supply chain issues, that “this is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.” (Fox News Interview).
Given the current makeup of the Senate, if Democrats can reach a 50-50 vote, Vice-President Harris will become the deciding vote, and send the bill to the President’s desk–leaving the power of the veto to any Democratic Senator that wants to.
Republicans continue to sit and wait for the best time to strike. In fact, to survive political scrutiny, they need to stay united and force the Democrats to make the decisions, and refute these policies by the sideline. Only then, they can sustain their polling leads all over the nation in the midterm elections. Only then, they should debate the legitimacy of the Biden Administration’s policies, and whether or not they are here to stay.
Indeed, it would seem that Republicans are up 5-0, at halftime–their goal: don’t blow it this close to the finish line.
By: Max Whalen