Democrats criticize Lucy Manchin for blocking climate legislation, but they don’t want to kick him out of the party

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The left is angry at the senator. Joe Manchin for rejecting climate provisions in the reconciliation bill Democrats hope to pass this month — but congressional Democrats say they don’t want big retaliation against him.

“I don’t think it’s very wise to kick him out of the party right now and hand the gavel to Republicans,” the MP said. Andy Levine, Democrat of Michigan, said of the idea of ​​kicking Manchin out of the party. “In our anger, we don’t want to be a fool.”

Levin was responding to calls from some, including former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, for Manchin to lose his chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and be exhausted from the party.

Reich said in a recent Substack post that Democrats really had nothing to lose if Manchin switched parties to the Republican Party in response to such a move. “They have lost control of the Senate,” he said.

Senator.  Joe Manchin, DW.Va, said last week that he would not support tax increases, energy or climate legislation in a reconciliation bill that Democrats want to pass this month.

Senator. Joe Manchin, DW.Va, said last week that he would not support tax increases, energy or climate legislation in a reconciliation bill that Democrats want to pass this month.
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But even as Democrats insist that Manchin’s climate change action rejecting this month’s vote is key to combating serious climate threats, many House Democrats have softened any calls for action against Manchin.

“I’m not too interested in that, to tell you the truth,” the deputy. Jimmy Raskin, Dr. “I mean, I’m interested in uniting us, not just between Democrats, but between Democrats and Republicans.”

Raskin added that climate change is a “civilizational threat” and “a threat to our national security.” He said President Biden should take “any possible action” using executive measures.

re \ come back. Ted Liu, a California Democrat, said “no” when asked about proposals to remove Manchin from his chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and from the Democratic Party. But he also noted that Manchin said he was open to the prospect of revising climate legislation later this year.

re \ come back.  said Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.  She's upset with that senator.  Joe Manchin, DW.Va, blocked the Democrats' agenda, but did not respond to a question about calls to have him stripped of his committee chair or expelled from the party.

re \ come back. said Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. She’s upset with that senator. Joe Manchin, DW.Va, blocked the Democrats’ agenda, but did not respond to a question about calls to have him stripped of his committee chair or expelled from the party.
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“My understanding is that what he talked about was a delay,” Liu said. “And you have to talk to him to get additional information on what he means by that.”

In an interview Friday on West Virginia’s MetroNews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval, Manchin said he may be open to passing elements of the climate-energy reconciliation later this year if inflation appears to be slowing.

“Political headlines are worthless to the millions of Americans struggling to buy groceries and gas as inflation soars to 9.1%,” Mansion spokesman Sam Runyon said last week. “Senator Manchin believes that it is time for leaders to set aside political agendas, reassess and adapt to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that further fuel the inflationary fire.”

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Despite Manchin’s explanations, Levine and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat-washer, directed him to block legislation that most party members support.

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re \ come back. Andy Levine, D-Mitch, said he’s alive with the senator. Joe Manchin, DW.Va, whom he called “Lucy Manchin.” But he said his expulsion from the party would be counterproductive.
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“For me, Joe Mansion is Lucy. He’s not Joe Mansion anymore. He’s Lucy Mansion. I don’t think the ‘Peanuts’ characters had last names. So all of a sudden I called Lucy from Peanuts, Lucy Mansion,” Levine said. “All he does is put the ball on over and over. And then once Charlie Brown, like his entire Democratic team, comes along to kick the ball, he picks it up and laughs. Then he does it over and over again.”

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“It is unfortunate that one man could kill legislation that would save our planet and… save our world, save our people,” Jayapal said. “We think it’s important for the president now to take executive action. It won’t be enough. We can’t lead the world when we have one person on our side…killing all that legislation.”

Jayapal did not answer a question from Fox News Digital about whether she would support firing Manchin from the party. He also accused Levin Manchin of negotiating in bad faith over legislation that Democrats have been pursuing for more than a year.

He said, “I am disgusted with Joe Mansion’s behavior over several months. He wasn’t honest. He wasn’t honest. He didn’t keep his word. So I’m angry at him.”

But if the Democrats could get more senators, Levine said, “A skunk on the picnic like Joe Mansion, nobody will remember him…let him whine and whine about everything and keep, you know, moving the goalposts. Nobody will remember him.” . Did not matter “.

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