Manchin Laces Into Biden For Not Fixing Massive Crisis

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Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has not been a friend of the White House since President Biden was elected.

His track record is unique among Democrats because he has been one of the few who has taken the president to task when he disagrees with the administration, which is a trend that appears to be continuing.

As The Daily Wire reported, this week he testified before the Senate Energy Committee about the Department of the Interior’s budget request for fiscal year 2023 and then delivered a blistering speech criticizing the administration for enriching America’s enemies.

“We are holding this hearing during trying times,” the senator said. “Putin’s horrific invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s weaponization of oil and gas, increasing energy and food prices worldwide, and the growing challenge of competition with China. Given the current global situation, it is essential for the United States to step up to the plate as the superpower of the world.”

“That includes the responsible development of our abundant energy and mineral resources. Unfortunately, even as we see Russia wage a war enabled by energy insecurity in Europe, this administration has made its opposition to domestic oil and gas production crystal clear – on and off Federal lands and waters,” Manchin added.

“My frustration is at an all-time high that we are talking to OPEC, Iran, and Venezuela to increase oil output while we are at the same time blocking increased energy production at home,” the senator explained.

“What does it say to producers here in the United States when we consider working with the Venezuelan government, which certainly doesn’t share our values, instead of supporting domestic or North American production? Is this really in our best interest?” he said.

There were Democrats who were planning a way of moving forward with the introduction of Roe V Wade into law after Justice Alito’s draft opinion from the Supreme Court was leaked to them. However, those hopes have been dashed by the refusal of Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to help them get rid of the filibuster to codify Roe V Wade into law.

“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democrat from Vermont, said in a statement after the leak.

In response to the question of whether he would consider ending the filibuster now, Senator Manchin stated, “The filibuster is a protection of democracy.”

Additionally, in a statement to Axios, a spokesperson for Senator Sinema said, “protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past 10 years, and are more important now than ever.”

Sinema, did however, express her support that a woman’s right to choose should be protected.

“A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family, and her doctor. Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and wellbeing of women in Arizona and across America,” she said in a press release.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve always supported women’s access to health care, I’m a cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, and I’ll continue working with anyone to protect women’s ability to make decisions about their futures,” she explained.

Nevertheless, even if the filibuster is no longer there, Jen Psaki, in her capacity as former White House Press Secretary said that Democrats do not yet possess the necessary number of votes to codify Roe V Wade into law.

When she accompanied the president to Alabama in her role as the White House press secretary, Psaki took a moment to address reporters aboard Air Force One.

“So, the President spoke pretty passionately on the tarmac about the Alito draft being an affront to basic rights. But he also said he was not ready to commit to ending the filibuster to codify Roe. Why?” a reporter said.

“And is there a disconnect here between the passion and what needs — what he believes needs to be done?” they said.

“Well, first, let me say the President’s position is that we need to codify Roe, and that is what he has long called on Congress to act on,” the former press secretary said.

“What is also true is that there has been a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act which would do exactly that, and there were not even enough votes, even if there was no filibuster, to get that done.

“So, I would note, in his written statement that we released this morning — I’m just going to reiterate what he said in this statement. He said, “…if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose” — to do exactly that. “It will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation.” And that was speaking to exactly where we are with the votes.”

“I would note that while we’ve been in the air, Leader Schumer noted that he had plans to bring this up for a vote,” she added.

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