Trouble in paradise, folks! And you thought that there aren’t problems in heaven!
The gulf between Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Dems but regards himself as a Democratic socialist, and Joe Manchin is tremendous. Some signs are present that these two will bridge the gap! Sources from the inside call this disagreement a rift, but it is turning into a war!
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Dems and Congress are concerned because the most critical piece of Biden’s agenda depends upon the two senators finding common ground.
This conflict involves the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, including free preschool and community college, child care, etc., and measures to combat climate changes.
Many people think that the legislation’s price tag would be $5.5 trillion by the time all of its items were funded.
Sanders thinks that the bill is too small. But Manchin doesn’t want to see the US turning into a welfare state, and he won’t support this or any other package that exceeds $1.3 trillion.
Manchin is not satisfied with Sanders’s encouragement of House progressives not to support a smaller $1.2 trillion spending bill until Dems agree to support it.
CNN reported that California Rep. Ro Khana advised Biden for Sanders and Manchin to sit down and solve their problems.
Biden told the House Dems on the call that “getting them together in the same room would almost be like ‘homicide.'”
Sanders and Manchin are far apart, and that’s not good. The public has been aware of the quarrel between these two, but now we see the truth about it.
The Dems agree with sanders. The bigger bill, the better.
One Dems said that many senators were furious at Manchin and thought he was holding out for publicity reasons.
Biden is angry with Manchin and Sinema. Two sources on the private conference call said that Biden announced that he would spend time with the two defectors “and they don’t move.”
Sinema doesn’t always return to the calls from the WH.
“I don’t believe that we should turn our society into an entitlement society. I think that we should still be a compassionate, rewarding society.” Manchin stated.
“My concern with Mr. Manchin is not so much what his views are — I disagree with them — but it is that it is wrong, is really not playing fair, that one or two people think that they should be able to stop what 48 members of the Democratic caucus want, what the American people want, what the president of the United States wants,” Sanders said.
“Sen. Manchin has a right to fight for his point of view, has not only a right to be heard, but he also has a right to get some compromises,” Sanders continued. “He’s a member of the Senate. But two people do not have the right to sabotage what 48 want and what the president of the United States wants. That to me is wrong.”
Fifty-two senators disagree with the president of the US’s wishes.
A couple of Dems have “a clear sense of how [Sanders and Manchin] can resolve their differences,” CNN noted, but they say “they are hopeful the two will come to an agreement.”
It would be challenging!