Monday, 22 October, 2018

Pence Slams Manchin Over Votes on Tax Reform, Health Care

Vice President Mike Pence took rhetorical shots at Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin left on Wednesday Train Full of Republican Lawmakers Collides With Truck, Killing Driver
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Joe Manchin, left, on Wednesday.

"It's not just the tax cut. Sen". Joe Manchin in a likely preview of what could be a crucial Senate race for both parties.

"I've voted 54 percent of the time with the Trump administration when I think it's what's best for West Virginia", Manchin tweeted Thursday afternoon.

He said there were other instances in which Manchin voted against Republican initiatives, such as repealing the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood and building Trump's promised "wall" between the USA and Mexico. Joe Manchin, the state's only Democratic senator, who is running for reelection this year, for voting against the recent GOP tax-cut legislation.

Still, Pence held firm.

"Folks, Joe's just gonna keep voting against West Virginia", Pence said. Now that might make Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi pretty happy, but West Virginia needs to let him know you expect better from Joe.

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Manchin, in a tweet, said he was "shocked" by Pence's comments and said that political moves like Pence's are precisely "why Washington Sucks". He also highlighted Republican successes in confirming judicial nominees, while leaving unmentioned the party's failure to deliver on promises to wholly repeal the Affordable Care Act and its current struggle to arrive at consensus on immigration reforms that would protect "dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the U.S.as children - from deportation.

Dotson is confident these accomplishments are a result of the recently-passed tax reform plan.

This evening, Pence will speak at a gathering of Republican members of Congress at The Greenbrier resort.

Much of what President Trump outlined Tuesday night - paid family leave, overhauling the criminal justice system's sentencing laws and reducing the cost of prescription drugs - are proposals loaded with opposition from the conservative wing of the party and are unlikely to find GOP champions on Capitol Hill.

"Growth is back. Confidence is back and, in a very real way, America is back", he said. He pointed out that, despite the downturn in business over the eight years of the Obama administration, Worldwide CEO and President Terry Dotson never laid off any workers and is now on the verge of opening a new facility in SC. The GOP tax bill zeroed out the tax penalty created to compel individuals to buy health insurance, and that policy victory seems to have satisfied Trump.

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