It's Joe vs. Joe, again
One key question is just how much Biden can legally do on his own.Last Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) once again frustrated fellow Democrats by declining to back new climate spending.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19. © Provided by The Hill
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Manchin wrote on Twitter. “I am fully vaccinated and boosted and am experiencing mild symptoms. I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginians.”
Manchin is the latest in a string of senators to test positive, as well as President Biden.
If other Democrats test positive next week, it could pose an obstacle for passing a health care measure that would lower prescription drug prices and continue enhanced financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act. Manchin is a key vote on the measure in a Senate split evenly between the two parties.
Manchin says Build Back Better is dead, announces deal on inflation
Build Back Better is dead, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Wednesday in announcing that he has instead reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on an alternate measure known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TARGETS GUN INDUSTRY PROFITS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS As Democrats seek to defend their congressional majorities this fall amid voter concerns over inflation, the bill’s title is seemingly designed to address these worries. Manchin, a centrist Democrat who is currently recovering from COVID-19, said late last year he would not support the $2.
Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) also tested positive last week.
In an additional potential complication on the vote count, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recovering from a fractured hip and had an additional surgery last week.
“Senator Leahy was back in his rehabilitation room by Tuesday evening and is once again working diligently with the physical therapists to return home as soon as possible,” his office said last week.
The highly contagious BA.5 subvariant of omicron has fueled spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks.
Manchin could be out of isolation after five days, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, if his symptoms are improving.
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Democrats Just Beat Mitch McConnell at His Own Game .
Democrats waited until after the CHIPS Act passed on Wednesday to announce Senator Joe Manchin has agreed to support the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.Manchin's change of heart could be particularly embarrassing for McConnell, seeing as he previously threatened that the GOP would not help pass the CHIPS Act—a bill aimed at building up U.S, manufacturing and technological competitiveness against China—if Democrats went forward with its reconciliation package.