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Squad member Jamaal Bowman tears into 'white man' Joe Manchin for rejecting Build Back Better

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Progressive ‘Squad’ member Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York tore into West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin on Monday night, accusing the moderate Democrat of not caring about women, minorities or the poor. 

He’s the latest House Democrat to openly criticize Manchin for his refusal to vote for President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill. 

Bowman said he was ‘infuriated’ but not ‘surprised’ with ‘white man’ Manchin’s announcement on Sunday that effectively killed Democrats’ effort to pass Biden’s sweeping social reform and climate change plan before the new year. 

‘We had been sounding the alarm on this for several months, worried about what Manchin was gonna do when it was time for him to make a decision,’ Bowman said in reference to his fellow Squad members and others in the Progressive Caucus’ fears that Manchin would do exactly what he did.

He said Manchin and the special interest groups and donors behind him ‘did not want this bill to pass.’

‘Why? Because this bill disproportionately supports people of color. It supports women. It supports children. It supports those who are poor and lifts them out of poverty. Why wouldn’t Manchin want to support that when this would benefit West Virginia tremendously?’ Bowman questioned.

‘It’s tremendously frustrating for me as a black man in America because once again, it’s an example of Joe Manchin as a white man showing that he doesn’t care about Black people, he doesn’t care about Latinos, he doesn’t care about immigrants, he doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about the poor. 

Bowman was the latest Squad member to express outrage at Joe Manchin's stunning announcement that effectively killed Democrats' chances of passing Build Back Better in 2021

Bowman was the latest Squad member to express outrage at Joe Manchin’s stunning announcement that effectively killed Democrats’ chances of passing Build Back Better in 2021

He posted his CNN interview where he tore into Manchin on Twitter, where he also accused the West Virginia senator of leaving people'behind'

He posted his CNN interview where he tore into Manchin on Twitter, where he also accused the West Virginia senator of leaving people ‘behind’

‘He is a millionaire, and he has the privilege to kick the can down the road and not vote for this bill while the people in my district are suffering.’

Bowman’s district covers part of the Bronx and parts of New York just north of the city. 

He posted his interview on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, writing: ‘When Joe Manchin showed us who he was, I believed him — and everyone else should have too. Gutting Build Back Better because special interests want it gutted is not an option. The people cannot be left behind.’ 

West Virginia, while disproportionately white, is among the poorest states in the nation. Its economy ranks 48th out of 50 according to the latest numbers cited by US News & World Report.

With a 50-50 split in the Senate and no Republican support for his bill, Biden needed every Democrat in the upper chamber to vote yes for it to pass. 

Manchin is one of two Democratic senators responsible for chipping away at the initial $3.5 trillion price tag of Biden's package

Manchin is one of two Democratic senators responsible for chipping away at the initial $3.5 trillion price tag of Biden’s package

Manchin’s hesitations along with those of Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema have forced lawmakers to drastically shrink the package from its initial $3.5 trillion price tag. 

West Virginia’s economy ranks 48th out of all 50 states

West Virginia ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of economic growth, poverty rates and employment.

The state’s economy is ranked 48th in the nation, according to US News & World Report. It’s also 48th in terms of employment, with only Alaska and Mississippi beneath it.

When it comes to attracting and building new private businesses, the state ranks dead last.

According to the latest census data, West Virginia’s median household income, per capita income and poverty rates are below the national average.

The US-wide median household income is $62,843, while in WVA it’s $46,711.

Per capita income in the state is $26,480, nearly $10,000 lower than the national average of $34,103. 

WVA’s poverty rate is also 15.8 percent, significantly higher than the US-wide 11.4 percent poverty rate. 

Democrats in Congress and the White House thought they were nearing an understanding with Manchin when he suddenly told Fox News Sunday that he’d ‘done everything humanly possible’ to support the bill but couldn’t in the end. 

Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued a lengthy, caustic statement on Sunday calling Manchin’s ‘sudden and inexplicable reversal’ a ‘breach of his commitments to the President.’

It was reported by the Washington Post on Monday that Manchin pitched Biden an alternative plan that included free universal pre-K for a decade, an Obamacare expansion and a hefty climate investment – though the notable exception was Biden’s popular child tax credit, which expires this year.

Progressives pushing for the bill hoped that substantial cuts made to the climate provisions, many of which Manchin opposed, would have been enough to entice him.

The watered-down version contained $320 billion for wind, solar and nuclear power production and purchasing, a tax credit on electric vehicles of up to $12,500 and $6 billion aimed at making buildings more energy efficient, among other provisions.

Manchin had been opposed to penalties on the fossil fuel industry but was more open to incentives for clean energy. 

Bowman, a self-described Democratic Socialist, was not the only Squad member unleashing on Manchin for his refusal.

During an appearance on MSNBC yesterday morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said ‘it is unconscionable the way the Senate operates. It’s fundamentally undemocratic’ over Manchin’s ability to sink Democrats’ agenda by himself.

‘We need to really make it very clear that this bill, this framework was signed off by Joe Manchin. And so this is a Joe Manchin Build Back Better Act. And so this idea that we’re going to go back to the table and give him the pen again for a bill that has already has his ink all over makes very little sense,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.

She also took aim at him for ‘legislating’ on Fox News.

Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri went after moderate Democrats in both the House and Senate who insisted on first passing Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal. Progressives had warned that passing moderates’ bill first instead of tying it to BBB would kill the larger bill because those moderates would have no incentive to get it passed.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for reforms in the Senate, railing against it as an institution and calling it an'old boys club'

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for reforms in the Senate, railing against it as an institution and calling it an ‘old boys club’

‘Honestly, I’m frustrated with every Democrat who agreed to tie the fate of our most vulnerable communities to the corporatist ego of one Senator. No one should have backed out of our initial strategy that would have kept Build Back Better alive,’ Bush wrote on Twitter. 

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota echoed Bush’s statement while also cranking up the heat on Manchin directly.

”Let’s be clear: Manchin’s excuse is bulls**t,’ the progressive wrote on Twitter. ‘The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans.’

She added: ‘This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure.’

Massachusetts Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley went on CNN Sunday shortly after Manchin broke the news.

‘To be clear, my lack and deficit of trust was about Senator Manchin,’ Pressley said.

Bush, a progressive Democrat from St. Louis, also blasted Manchin on Sunday

Bush, a progressive Democrat from St. Louis, also blasted Manchin on Sunday

Rep. Ilhan Omar also pounced on Joe Manchin. The progressive Minnesota lawmaker dismissed Manchin's reasoning for not voting for Biden's package as'bulls***t'

 Rep. Ilhan Omar also pounced on Joe Manchin. The progressive Minnesota lawmaker dismissed Manchin’s reasoning for not voting for Biden’s package as ‘bulls***t’

‘He has continued to move the goalposts. He has never negotiated in good faith. And he is obstructing the president’s agenda, 85 per cent of which is still left on the table.’ 

Even his own fellow Senator, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, was furious at Manchin.

‘Well, I think he’s gonna have a lot of explaining to do to the people of West Virginia,’ the Independent Senator said on CNN Sunday.

Sanders called for a floor vote on BBB so that Manchin’s fatal blow to the package would be recorded on his legislative record.

‘If Mr. Manchin doesn’t want to support us – well look, we’ve been dealing with Mr. Manchin for month after month after month,’ Sanders said. ‘But if he doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world.’ 



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