Progressive Activists Attacking Moderate Senate Democrats

Progressive Activists Attacking Moderate Senate Democrats

( – On Thursday, September 30, Moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) killed President Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation package. Manchin largely disagrees with the cost of the bill. Additionally, the West Virginia Centrist opposes the social spending agenda and some of the climate agenda. He argued that America couldn’t afford Social Security and Medicare, so how’s it going to pay for Biden’s massive spending?

After the bill raveled apart on Thursday, activists began taking a prominent role in convincing the two senators to get on board with the Left’s agenda. On Friday, protestors on kayaks approached Manchin’s houseboat. They tried to make their case using bull horns and demanded the Senator talk with them about the bill. Manchin told them he would be happy to meet them at his office, and his staff would make the necessary security arrangements. He requested they respect and not harass the boat neighbors.

Sen. Sinema teaches a class at Arizona State University. On Saturday, immigration activists approached her after class, followed her to the restroom and recorded her going into the stall. They demanded she get on board with providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and if not, they would work to get her out of the Senate. Democratic leaders failed to convince the Senate parliamentarian to include the immigration proposal in the reconciliation bill. To pass immigration reform, the full Senate would need to vote with a 60-vote threshold. Republicans are almost certain to defeat an immigration bill.

Will the protests persuade the two Senators to vote for the controversial go-it-alone bill? We’ll update this ongoing story as events unfold.

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