Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Sunday said the reason other lawmakers such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) were not brought into negotiations on a climate, healthcare, and taxes deal that he struck with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) was that he feared it wouldn’t come to “fruition” with essentially too many cooks also trying to get something included on the books.
The deal would require the support of all 50 Senate Democrats, placing Sinema, who was not involved in the behind-the-scenes negotiations, in close scrutiny until she announces a position. Critics have suggested Sinema should be primaried before the midterms if she tried to block the bill, but with barely four months to go until November, Arizona Democrats might not have the time.
The package would invest $369 billion in energy-focused climate programs over the next 10 years and $300 billion to reduce the deficit in addition to provisions to extend health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. When asked if Sinema would support the bill, Manchin highlighted what he said were her contributions to the potential text, saying Sinema was “very instrumental” in allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and the two moderate senators were in agreement to not raise taxes on Americans.
Manchin is said to have told Sinema that she should “believe in this bill” while he appeared on so many Sunday news shows, he kept calling CNN’s Jake Tapper “Chuck”, as in Chuck Todd.
glad they got this straightened out pic.twitter.com/R5Sv40Zobz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 31, 2022
Hopefully, Manchin can get his vote straight when the time comes.