Democrat Joe Manchin has been a thorn in the side of his party for years now. He’s taking them all down with him.
And Joe Manchin levels stunning accusation against Joe Biden.
Many in the conservative movement have known Joe Biden plays fast and loose with the rules for some time now.
He used his political influence to coerce Ukraine to drop an investigation into his son’s, Hunter, business dealings back in March of 2020.
His unconstitutional cancelling of billions of dollars in student debt is making its way through the courts and will likely be struck down.
And now he’s catching flak from his own party.
Sen. Joe Manchin accused the Biden administration of failing to implement the Inflation Reduction Act as intended, claiming that it is “ignoring” the law’s provisions to expand fossil fuels for purely ideological reasons, hurting the government’s capacity to reduce the national debt.
“[I]nstead of implementing the law as intended, unelected ideologues, bureaucrats, and appointees seem determined to violate and subvert the law to advance a partisan agenda that ignores both energy and fiscal security,” the West Virginia Democrat wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
“Specifically, they are ignoring the law’s intent to support and expand fossil energy and are redefining ’domestic energy’to increase clean-energy spending to potentially deficit-breaking levels. The administration is attempting at every turn to implement the bill it wanted, not the bill Congress actually passed,” he said.
He called it “policy and political malpractice” to ignore the “deficit implications of these actions” as the White House and Congress discuss raising the debt ceiling.
Manchin, who negotiated the Inflation Reduction Act with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over many months last year, said he and Biden agreed that the legislation was designed to generate $738 billion in new revenue to reduce the nation’s $31.5 trillion national debt and strengthen the country’s energy security.
Yet, he claimed that goal had been undermined, and he urged the president to “rein in this extremism.”
Manchin recommended that the president take two steps right away.
Biden should meet with “fiscally minded” Democrats and Republicans to discuss “common-sense fiscal policy reforms.”
“While we can all acknowledge that raising the debt limit is an absolute necessity and Republicans shouldn’t threaten otherwise, are we seriously to believe there is no room to negotiate?” Manchin asked in the piece.
“Does the federal government operate so efficiently and effectively that there truly isn’t a dollar of waste, fraud, or abuse? Let’s get serious,” he added.
Following that, the president should urge members of his administration to carry out the Inflation Reduction Act exactly as intended and “to stop redefining its credits and other subsidies.”
“Unless common-sense actions are taken now, America’s energy security will not only be jeopardized, but we will soon approach a debt-ceiling calamity that is completely avoidable,” Manchin wrote.
If he competes for re-election in 2024, the Mountaineer State legislator, who might face challenges from a number of Republicans, including Gov. Jim Justice, has called on both political parties to put their differences aside because the “American people are sick and tired of these games.”
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