Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) has joined some Republicans who have praised Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for taking a stand against Joe Biden’s monstrous “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation spending bill.
Manchin told Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend that he could not agree on the legislation that would allow him to vote for it in light of the growing inflation affecting the country, the COVID pandemic and the ever-growing national debt.
Sasse said over the weekend that the “mega-spending” bill is dead in the Senate thanks to Manchin putting the nail in its coffin. He added that Manchin deserves credit for paying attention to his constituents rather than “bullies and screamers” in Washington who demand compliance.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) told Fox News that Manchin is “being a statesman,” which is something lost in Washington currently. He added that Manchin is breaking with Democrats who believe they need to serve their party leaders rather than the voters who sent them to Washington to work for them.
Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) said Manchin is showing what America at its best looks like. He said decisions should always be about the country and sound policy, not “politician or party,” adding that Manchin shows his loyalty to the country. Owens went on to say that anyone who has examined the Build Back Better bill “with an honest conscience” cannot say that it is best for Americans, families, or business owners.
Progressives, meanwhile, are furious with Manchin. Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has demanded that Build Back Better be put on the Senate floor for a vote, apparently to shame Manchin somehow.
Sanders told CNN on Sunday that leftists have been dealing with Manchin for months, and he wants to see him vote against the massive spending bill “in front of the whole world.” Sanders appears not to appreciate how such a vote would be seen in West Virginia, where Joe Biden lost to President Donald Trump by 39 points in 2020.