Sen. Joe Manchin Blasts Chuck Schumer Over Attacks On GOP Lawmakers
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, is not at all happy with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, for going on to rip into GOP lawmakers after the Senate voted to pass a bill that would raise the debt ceiling up through the early part of December.
Schumer made his attack on the Republican Party during comments he delivered as part of a speech from the Senate floor.
“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer went on to say.
“For the good of America’s families, for the good of our economy, Republicans must recognize in the future that they should approach fixing the debt limit in a bipartisan way,” The Washington Post stated Schumer said during his speech.
“The solution is for Republicans to either join us in raising the debt limit, or stay out of the way and let Democrats address the debt limit ourselves,” the Senate Majority Leader said. “Those are the two choices. And it’s very simple.”
“(Senate Minority) Leader (Mitch) McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling — but said Democrats must raise it alone by going through a drawn out, convoluted, and risky reconciliation process,” he continued.
At one point, Manchin, who was sitting in back of Schumer, could be seen covering his face with his hands as Schumer spoke, according to the New York Post.
And as he left the Capitol, Manchin told CNN’s Manu Raju he believed Schumer’s speech was not appropriate.
“Manchin tells us he didn’t like Schumer’s speech after the vote to break a filibuster on the debt ceiling. ‘I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,’ he said, arguing that ‘we need to de-weaponize’ and stop ‘playing politics … That was not a way to take (frustration) out,'” Raju wrote in a tweet.
Manchin went on to say that “Civility is gone,” during his short interview with CNN.