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Silent "Thank You" Thread for Senator Manchin

This is a silent "Thank You" thread for Senator Joe Manchin for announcing today that he could support a 1.5T Reconciliation Bill.

It's time to stop airing our "dirty laundry" in public

Scheduling votes that end up being cancelled, Democratic Senators opening thumbing their noses at the President's request for information on their demands, a small, and it is small, group of Democrats blocking the President's agenda -- it all should be stopped.

Negotiate privately and reach a damn consensus on BOTH bills before any more votes are scheduled.

We are not doing our party nor the country any favor by being so frustrated and seemingly ineffective in the public eye.

Edit added for greater clarity:

Well, often times NEGOTIATIONS are best carried out behind close doors.

Just to avoid people retreating to entrenched positions as we have all seen this past week.

Often a frank and free exchange is expediated by doing it privately. But of course all results should be made public and positions can and should be aired once private negotiations are concluded, one way or the other.

How supportive will Manchin & Sinema be of a Biden Supreme Court nominee?

Just wondering out loud...

We must have a clear path forward from the Senate on the Build Back Better Act

https://twitter.com/RepPaulTonko/status/1443283646404759566

"Failure to act will condemn the United States to become a weaker, sicker, and poorer America. The most catastrophic damages will fall upon our kids. For our economy, our communities and our future, we must pass the Build Back Better Act."


Well said.

A Non-Progressive In The House Is A No On BIF Without Reconciliation First

KATE RIGA
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4:24 p.m.

A Non-Progressive In The House Is A No On BIF Without Reconciliation First

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) put out a statement Wednesday saying that Congress cannot move on the bipartisan infrastructure bill without a “clear path forward” in the Senate on the reconciliation package.

“Failure to act will condemn the United States to to become a weaker, sicker and poorer America,” he wrote. “The most catastrophic damages will fall upon our kids. For our economy, our community and our future, we must pass the Build Back Better Act.”

Read his full statement here:


https://twitter.com/RepPaulTonko/status/1443283646404759566

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/live-blog/we-have-no-idea-whats-gonna-happen-either-bloggin

Another Crucial Deadline: The Congressional Baseball Game

CRISTINA CABRERA
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2:16 p.m.

Another Crucial Deadline: The Congressional Baseball Game

There’s a congressional baseball game at around 7 p.m. ET tonight, and naturally this whole “trying to keep the government from collapsing” thing will have to find a way to work around that.

No, really. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) told reporters that the chamber might vote on a short-term funding bill tonight “or maybe late afternoon, we got the congressional baseball game.” Then he said the vote “probably gets pushed to tomorrow.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/live-blog/we-have-no-idea-whats-gonna-happen-either-bloggin



So much for priorities...

Sinema Trolls Reporter When Pressed On Progressives' Frustration

Sinema Trolls Reporter When Pressed On Progressives’ Frustration

SUMMER CONCEPCION
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3:48 p.m.

Sinema Trolls Reporter When Pressed On Progressives’ Frustration

Amid her continued reluctance to give an acceptable topline on the reconciliation bill, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) dodged NBC News’ Frank Thorp‘s question when asked about progressives’ frustration over her refusal to offer specifics on what she would like to see in the package.

“I’m in the Senate,” Sinema told Thorp.

After Thorp pointed out that there are progressives in the Senate who are also frustrated with her because they “don’t know where you are,” Sinema once again dodged.

“I’m clearly right in front of the elevator,” Sinema told Thorp.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/live-blog/we-have-no-idea-whats-gonna-happen-either-bloggin



And THAT is one of the key people obstructing President Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda once again just trying to be a bit too "cute".

Our Choice: President Biden sets our agenda or Manchin & Sinema do

That's what this all boils down to.

I choose President Biden.

That's the only thing that makes sense since President Biden has been elected nationally on his agenda, has consulted with party leadership and has the support of the vast majority of Democrats in Congress.



In A Win For Progressives, Nancy Pelosi Raises The Bar For Infrastructure Vote

Source: Huffington Post

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Wednesday that Democrats need to agree among themselves on the text of a major budget bill before the House can vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Her comments appeared to raise the bar for an infrastructure bill to move forward, making it far less likely a vote will occur on Thursday as planned.

Progressive Democrats in the House have threatened to withhold their votes from the infrastructure bill until the House and Senate also pass the Build Back Better bill, which contains major Democratic priorities on paid leave and child care.

In response to a question about the progressive threat, Pelosi implied there does need to be an agreement on “legislative language” for the budget bill in order for the infrastructure vote to occur. “I think that we come to a place where we have agreement in legislative language ― not just principal ― in legislative language that the president supports,” Pelosi said Wednesday.

Centrist Democrats have insisted the House pass the infrastructure bill this week, and a vote has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday. Party leaders have said they would pass the infrastructure bill in tandem with the budget, but in the past week Pelosi’s commitment seemed to waver, and progressives have insisted they would tank the infrastructure bill if the vote happened.

Asked Wednesday if she was specifically saying there had to be an agreement on budget bill text before the infrastructure vote, Pelosi said she wanted the two things done “simultaneously.”

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-infrastructure-budget_n_61547db9e4b075408bd1c326



Asked Wednesday if she was specifically saying there had to be an agreement on budget bill text before the infrastructure vote, Pelosi said she wanted the two things done “simultaneously.”


Good Lord.

It's well past time for people like Manchin and Sinema to stop obstructing President Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda.



Manchin Says He Made 'No Commitments' To Biden On Reconciliation Package

Manchin Says He Made ‘No Commitments’ To Biden On Reconciliation Package

If you were hoping to gain more insight into what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is thinking on the topline of the reconciliation bill, we have bad news for you: he’s still tight-lipped even after meeting with President Biden at the White House alongside fellow centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

Manchin simply continued to leave reporters hanging by telling them that “no commitments” were made to Biden on the topline of the reconciliation package.

Reminder: The President told Manchin last week to put up or shut up. Democrats have yet to see a list of his demands — including for a lower top line — as centrists put up a fight over the $3.5 trillion price tag.


https://talkingpointsmemo.com/live-blog/dems-face-divorcing-3-5-trillion-reconciliation-plan-from-bipartisan-bill?entry=1388887


https://twitter.com/JulieNBCNews/status/1442933974087528450


I have never seen a sitting Senator do so much to derail the agenda of a President from his own party as this.


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