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The Biden agenda keeps running into Joe Manchin

By Haisten Willis, White House Reporter

While President Joe Biden made headlines Friday for a controversial fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, long-running domestic issues resurfaced as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced ambivalence about yet another Democratic-led spending bill.

Manchin, often a thorn in the side of liberals thanks to his refusal to cement Democratic legislation in the 50-50 Senate, announced he won’t support provisions in economic legislation that would allocate spending toward climate change or increase taxes for the wealthy.

“Political headlines are of no value to the millions of Americans struggling to afford groceries and gas as inflation soars to 9.1%,” Sam Runyon, a spokeswoman for Manchin, told the Washington Post. “Sen. Manchin believes it’s time for leaders to put political agendas aside, reevaluate, and adjust to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that add fuel to the inflation fire.”…

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