During an appearance on CNN, Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) Condemned a “hostile” working environment in Congress that he says is rife with partisanship.
“Want to know what’s wrong with this place? I go to work every day in a hostile work environment. If you are a Democrat and a Republican is running for election, you should be against that person, “Manchin told presenter John Berman on” New Day. “
“If Donald is racing against that person, you should get money from your PAC to help the other person beat the person you worked with. And even sometimes they will say, ‘Can you come and campaign against such and such?’ And then we come back on Monday, and here’s a person we gave money against, “he added.
Manchin continued to criticize his colleagues for not reaching the political aisle.
“In today’s divided country, in the divided government we have, in the divided politics we have, you have to work a little more. How many people have you seen on the floor working and talking to both sides? How many times do you see it, John? Attention. Ask them how many times they have had coffee together. Ask them how many of them know each other’s wives or children or what their pleasures are, when it comes to sports or recreation? “Manchin said.
“Do you want to know what’s wrong with this place? I go to work in a hostile work environment every day.”@Sen_JoeManchin discusses his hopes for bipartisanism in Congress.https://t.co/9zINPfILOV pic.twitter.com/PVSVBM9w3j
– New day (@Nuovogiorno) November 4, 2021
President Joe Biden has met with Manchin several times and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to hear their concerns, meetings that no doubt helped to reduce the plan considerably.
Both Sinema and Manchin objected to the size of the plan, and their meetings with Biden came as Democratic strategists advised the president to take a more active role in the legislation talks.
Yesterday, House Democrats announced that they had put paid family leave back on their grocery bill.
The paid family leave provision is popular, but it risked bankruptcy after Manchin voiced his opposition.
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