Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has worked to block every good and useful policy proposal offered by the Democrats since President Joe Biden took the White House, almost as if he were actively trying to thwart his own party and ensure a big loss in the 2022 midterms. In response, Speaker Nancy Pelosi answered questions on ABC This Week with George Stephanapolous and said that Manchin’s claims about government spending and inflation were “not right.”
On Sen. Manchin's opposition to Build Back Better agenda, @SpeakerPelosi tells @GStephanopoulos: "It’s not right to say that what we’re doing is contributing to inflation because it’s exactly the opposite." https://t.co/V1vXWCWPAb pic.twitter.com/1AY9LvEQUK
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 13, 2022
In answer to a question from Stephanapolous about Manchin’s claims that he is unable to pass any legislation supported by the White House, Pelosi said:
‘Part of the consequences of all that investment, the infrastructure bill and the rest is that more people have jobs and inflation goes up…The fact is that the rise in employment, and President Biden nearly seven million jobs in his year in office, so yes, we have inflation. It is very important for us to address it. We must bring it down, but it is not right, with all the respect in the world, to my friend Joe Manchin. It is not right to say what we are doing is contributing to inflation because it is exactly the opposite.’
In other words, when the economy does well, when people have jobs and wages go up, inflation happens. But there are steps that can be taken to combat that rise in inflation, and Manchin is blocking them by blocking Democratic policies.
Twitter had a lot to say about the conflict between Manchin’s and Pelosi’s statements. Read some of their thoughts below: