Joe Manchin, the trash panda of the Senate:
“I’ve been very supportive of a mandate for federal government, for military, for all the people who work on government payroll. I’ve been less enthused about it in the private sector. So we’re working through all of that.”
Which is why he is aligning with Republicans:
What happened: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) did not rule out supporting a Republican-pushed amendment to the short-term government funding bill that would defund vaccine mandates for private companies. GOP lawmakers have been pushing for this vote to be set at a 51-vote threshold in hopes of gaining Manchin’s support.