Senator Joe Manchin is one of the few remaining principled and brave Democrats left in the halls of Congress. I don’t agree with everything he does, but I can respect his courage to what he thinks is right.
And what he just did takes a lot of courage.
“Sen. Joe Manchin criticized the minimum wage increase and funding for state and local governments in President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief proposal and said that he will not vote for a coronavirus relief package on a party-line vote,” reported Breitbart News.
While appearing on Fox News, Manchin made it clear:
I don’t think that’s [a minimum wage increase to $15] going to make it in. Because it doesn’t fit within…the Byrd Rule. The only thing we can do during this reconciliation is anything that comes within the financial realms of what we’re dealing with. It’s called a budget reconciliation. It has to be within the budget lines. That does not come within that at all. And it really needs to be debated. It doesn’t work in — different states are different. Some states already have $15. I think anybody that goes to work in the morning and works 40 hours a week and works 50 weeks a year, that’s 2,000 hours, should be above, a family of three, above the poverty guidelines. And that’s not $15.
Manchin then said a very important thing. He wants this bill to be bipartisan and said he will work to make it so.
“We’re going to make this work in a bipartisan way. My friends on the other side are going to have input. And we’re going to do something that we agree on,” said Manchin. “I’m not going to do it just down the lines of just saying party-line vote. It has to make sense.”