(UPDATED) Who’s Holding Kids Hostage Now?

Joe Manchin: “It’s all about me, Me, ME!”


In Manchin-related news, he and his side-kick Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-TSKoA) has successfully blocked the BBB legislation for this year and we’re not going to see any movement on the Voting Rights package, either.

Manchin indicated on Tuesday that he’s still not open to reforming the filibuster to pass voting-rights legislation unless there are Republican votes to do so, to the gleeful cackles of Republicans everywhere. A Sinema spokesperson ruined everyone’s holidays by announcing Wednesday that she “continues to support the Senate’s 60-vote threshold,” though Democrats are discussing narrow filibuster reforms and not outright abolition, so it’s worth noting that Sinema’s office also called for “the Senate to publicly debate its rules, including the filibuster, so senators and all Americans can hear and fully consider such ideas, concerns, and consequences.” It’s not, like, a lot of hope, but at this point we’ll settle for vaguely hope-scented.

It’s a year out to the midterms, which is (cliché alert) an eternity in politics and so many of Wee The Peeples are not paying attention what with our Druid trees, supply chains, and whatnot, that it probably will remain unnoticed. But what might become very visible very fast is that the Child Tax Cut has expired as of Wednesday; Congress would need to extend the program by December 28 to keep the payments on track in January— and there is no movement to extend this relief that dramatically pulled so many kids out of poverty this past year:

But this week, Manchin introduced a new demand, suggesting the enhanced child tax cut, which has been one of the most significant federal policies Democrats enacted this year — lifting some 40% of the nation’s children from poverty — must run for the full 10 years of a traditional federal budget window rather than just one, as the House approved in a cost-cutting compromise.

I’m not going to say he’s wrong about that: it should be permanent to keep the Republicans from eff’ing with it and holding kids hostage. It just seems like a strange moment to make a new demand and in effect he is holding kids hostage to prevent the Republicans from holding them hostage. See if you can find any logic in that.

Anyway, Joe Manchin, the trash panda of the Senate, is getting an invite from the turtle of the Senate hisself, amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch McConnell:

“It would not surprise you to know that I’ve suggested for years it would be a great idea, representing a deep red state like West Virginia, for him to come over to our side.”McConnell added, “I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”

It’s not going to happen, of course. Why would Manchin want to be a back-burner there when he has all the power here?

UPDATE 1: Greg Sargent has a thoughtful editorial up at The WaPo’s Plum Line: Opinion: A glimmer of hope on Joe Manchin and voting rights?

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2 Responses to (UPDATED) Who’s Holding Kids Hostage Now?

  1. It just seems like a strange moment to make a new demand and in effect he is holding kids hostage to prevent the Republicans from holding them hostage.

    No different that Curtsey Sinema shooting the democracy hostage to prevent the Republicans from shooting it. Seriosuly this is her argument. “If we abolish the filibuster, then the Republicans will just reverse everything we do when they get into power, so we can’t do anything about that.”

    Has she met any Republicans? Hell we could pass HR1 with unanimous Senate support and fucking McConnell will knife it next time they’re in power.

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  2. Parfigliano says:

    Some one should tell Manchin there will be plenty of GOP votes to scrap the filibuster the day the GOP controls the Presidency and both houses of congress.

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