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Sanders ignores Manchin’s rebuke

The Democrats are ready and Joe Biden wants to continue to move forward on the issue of health care not climate change.



Democratic Party leaders and President Biden are ready to move forward on a healthcare-focused spending bill before the next recess, thanks to Joe Manchin’s approval in an extremely divided Senate. Not everyone in the Democratic Party, however, shares this viewpoint.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden said he wants to keep the door open for including climate policies in the upcoming reconciliation package, including those put on hold by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted Manchin for rejecting a Democratic package on climate and taxes, saying he was sabotaging “future generations.”

Clean energy discussions must continue in order to preserve our options for moving forward, said Oregon senator Ron Wyden in a statement on Monday. There will undoubtedly be a slew of Republican lawsuits, even though I strongly support President Biden’s additional executive action.” Legislation is still the best course of action in this situation. When it comes to climate change, “we should keep our options open.”

Neither Wyden nor any other Senate Democrat appears to have drawn a red line by threatening to withdraw support for a health care-only bill. Due to Republican opposition, however, progress requires agreement in the 50-50 chamber: The Democrats plan to use a fast-track budget tool that only requires a simple majority to pass their reconciliation bill.


Additionally, Manchin has agreed to a two-year extension of pandemic-era subsidies for low-income enrollees of the Affordable Care Act. This could save the federal government $288 billion and lower the cost of healthcare for seniors.

Manchin, however, last week pumped the breaks on climate proposals in Democratic legislation, citing concerns about historically high inflation. Before he could decide how to proceed on climate change, he stated that he needed to see July’s inflation data first.

Manchin was asked to respond to Sanders’ charge that he was “intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda” on Monday. I don’t take offense when people say things they don’t mean.

According to Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York can only achieve a bill focused solely on health care if he is willing to move forward with discussions with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is from West Virginia.


“I think Joe should have made his position clear a long time ago,” Durbin said, echoing Sanders’ criticism Sunday that “the problem was that we continue to talk to Manchin as if he were serious. He wasn’t.” The answer is “no.”

“Give them credit if they’re doing prescription drugs,” Durbin said on Monday. “However, we’ve wasted a great deal of time in the process.”

They also indicated Monday that they’d be willing to accept a deal that excludes climate change and spending.

Currently, the Senate is evenly split along party lines. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said, “It is what it is. I’ll consider anything that makes me better.


Republicans are unlikely to step in to fill the void left by Democratic defectors. Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described the healthcare-focused plan as “reckless” in remarks made on Monday. Democrats in Washington are currently trying to find a way to put more bureaucracy in the way of American patients receiving the medical care they need. They want to put socialist price controls in the way of American inventors and new cures for debilitating diseases,” McConnell stated Monday. “They might get away with it with a Democratic majority in the government, but our colleagues should reconsider.”

I haven’t walked away,” Manchin says.

Asked about climate change and other issues by reporters on Monday, Manchin insisted that he was still in the negotiating process. Prior to moving forward, he was adamant about waiting for the July inflation numbers.

As for his biggest worry, inflation, he said, “I haven’t gone anywhere.” “I have no idea what the future holds.”


In spite of this, Democrats are running out of time and have been warned that they must return to Washington after the month-long August recess with a renewed focus on securing the government’s funding by October 1. Soon after that, November’s midterm elections will be held.

It’s possible that Democrats could face a backlash from angry constituents if health care premiums rise sharply in many states and pandemic-era ACA subsidies expire before the midterm elections, when control of Congress is at stake.

When asked about a health care bill, Vice President Biden said he was in favor of moving forward while also promising executive climate action.

According to the president, “Democrats have united after decades of fierce opposition from powerful special interests and are ready to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices and prevent an increase in health insurance premiums for millions of families covered under the Affordable Care Act. Families across the country will be able to rest easier if Congress acts.