Democrats Can't Agree Within Their Party Causing Division
A Senate Democrat on Tuesday said he backs the party’s push to pass a COVID-19 relief bill through budget reconciliation but warned he wouldn’t support a package that includes measures not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I will vote to move forward with the budget process because we must address the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis. But let me be clear–and these are words I shared with President Biden–our focus must be targeted on the COVID-19 crisis and Americans who have been most impacted by this pandemic. The President remains hopeful that we can have bipartisan support moving forward. I will only support proposals that will get us through and end the pain of this pandemic,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.
Manchin is referring to not approving of the Democrats trying to sneak through the $15/hr minimum wage. He feels that it does not have anything to do with providing covid relief and it would ultimately end up killing jobs especially in his state of West Virginia. Manchin said he views $11 an hour per hour, adjusted to inflation, as reasonable for West Virginia.
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