On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., used his Twitter account to respond to an op-ed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., got published in Manchin’s home state that accused the senator of standing in the way of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act.
“This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state,” Manchin wrote on Twitter.
He continued: “Millions of jobs are open, supply chains are strained and unavoidable inflation taxes are draining workers’ hard-earned wages as the price of gasoline and groceries continues to climb. Senator Sanders’ answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach. To be clear, again, Congress should proceed with caution on any additional spending and I will not vote for a reckless expansion of government programs. No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that.”
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 15, 2021
Earlier on Friday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia published an opinion piece by Sanders titled “Let’s stand together to protect working families,” which supported the reconciliation bill.
“The political problem we face is that in a 50-50 Senate we need every Democratic senator to vote ‘yes.’ We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.,” Sanders wrote.