- The Poor People’s Campaign condemned Senator Manchin’s efforts to undermine Biden’s expense bill.
- “It’s actually a form of political violence,” said group chairman Pastor Dr. William J. Barber.
- The group protested in front of Senator Manchin’s office in the Hart Senate Building on Tuesday.
Pastor Dr. William J. Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, condemned Senator Joe Manchin’s efforts against Biden’s expense bill on a press conference outside Manchin’s office on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Manchin was among 87 other senators who approved the Pentagon’s $ 770 billion budget – double the proposed 10-year amount of Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which started at $ 350 billion a year before talks with congressional Democrats lowered the total. amount to $ 175 billion per. year in late October.
The expense bill includes paid leave, child and health care and climate change solutions.
Barber slammed Manchin, a Democrat, at the protest outside the Hart Senate building on Tuesday, saying the West Virginia senator “lies about scarcity” and “never asks these questions about scarcity when it comes to the military or corporate America.”
“He’s never seen a corporation tax deduction he did not want to transfer, or a military budget he would not finance,” Barber added.
– Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) December 14, 2021
Manchin, one of two key points in the bill, has repeatedly thwarted plans to adopt the Build Back Better Plan, citing concerns about inflation and giving Americans a “justification mentality. “
“I will not support a bill that is so important without a thorough understanding of the impact it will have on our national debt, our economy and the American people,” Manchin told a news conference in November.
But critics, including Barber, say the delay has consequences.
“It’s actually a form of political violence against the 140 million poor and disadvantaged people in this country and especially against people who have suffered under COVID, regardless of their color or their geography,” Barber said. “People will stay sick, people will die, people will not be able to recover.”
Law enforcement would not allow the protesters in front of Sen. Manchin’s office in the Hart Senate Building after the press conference. The Poor People’s Campaign responded by writing a petition – which has since garnered nearly 10,000 signatures – addressed to Manchin.
“We are furious and tired of you continuing to worry more about lobbyists and corporations than you do about hard-working poor and low-income people in West Virginia,” the letter reads.
Manchin reportedly wanted to scrap the child tax deduction in the Expenditure Act, which stops in January and will affect 346,000 children, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Manchin denied the reports, calling them “bullshit”.
All 50 Democratic senators must vote in favor of the law before it can be passed.
The Poor People’s Campaign also said they were in favor of the adoption of voting rights legislation, which may also now be a priority for Congress before 2021 ends.
Manchin and representatives of the Poor People’s Campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.