Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Bernie Sanders says Joe Manchin is “intentionally sabotaging” President Biden’s legislative agenda.
While on ABC, Sanders said Manchin doesn’t represent “working families in West Virginia or America.”
Manchin last week threw cold water on a climate and tax plan that Democrats spent weeks negotiating.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday blasted Sen. Joe Manchin after the West Virginia Democrat sunk the Democratic-led climate and tax bill that the party had been negotiating for weeks.

While speaking with ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, the Vermont lawmaker decried Manchin’s stance that he could no longer support the legislation due to his concerns over inflation and said the lawmaker was “sabotaging” President Joe Biden’s agenda.

fAnd he became visibly animated when Raddatz said that Manchin “abruptly” ended talks with Democratic leaders regarding the bill.

“Senator Joe Manchin, of course abruptly pulled the plug this week on the Democratic plan,” Raddatz said before Sanders interjected.

“He didn’t abruptly do anything,” Sanders said. “He has sabotaged the president’s agenda.”

He continued: “If you check the record six months ago, I made it clear that you have people like Manchin and [Arizona Sen. Kyrsten] Sinema to a lesser degree who are intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda, what the American people want, what a majority of us in the Democratic caucus want. Nothing new about this.”

Sanders then laced into Manchin’s political fundraising, pointing out his ties to the energy industry — which holds immense sway in West Virginia — and Republican donors.

“This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money … a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires,” he said. 

When Raddatz countered that Manchin said he wanted to act in the best interest of West Virginia given that inflation last month rose 9.1 percent from a year earlier, Sanders replied: “Really? Really?”

During a Friday interview with West Virginia broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval, Manchin said he told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York that he wanted to see July’s inflation figures next month before taking any further action on the bill.

“I said, ‘Chuck until we see the July inflation figures, until we see the July Federal Reserve rates, interest rates, then let’s wait until that comes out so we know that we were going down the path that won’t be inflammatory to add more to inflation. Inflation is absolutely killing many, many people,'” he said …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Bernie Sanders says Joe Manchin is ‘intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda,’ believes Democrats erred in negotiating with him ‘like he was serious’

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