Joy Reid Slams Conservative Democrats for Being 'Willing to Let This Democracy Die' (Video)October 13, 2021
MSNBC’s ”The ReidOut“ host blasted ”Vichy Democrats“ for holding out on social spending bill
Wiley responded that “If Congress itself is gridlocked, politicized and not functioning with democracy in mind … it does also have an impact on the powers of the court.”
“We’ve got too many Vichy Republicans, like McConnell and Kevin McCarthy who are willing to play along,” said Reid. “But a few Democrats who are a little on the Vichey side, too.”
While Reid did not name names, it’s likely she was referring to Democratic holdouts to Congress’ social spending bill: West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who oppose any changes to the legislative filibuster and as a result have emerged as the Democratic Party’s chief obstacles to passing President Biden’s infrastructure legislation.
On Sept. 30, Manchin and Sinema met with Biden in hopes of negotiating a reduced budget for the social safety-net bill. Both senators have repeatedly expressed that they are unwilling to agree to the bill’s current $3.5 trillion price tag. Without their support, Biden’s domestic agenda will not pass, as the vote is split evenly between 50 “no” votes from Republicans and 48 Democrats. If Sinema and Manchin were to come on board, Vice President Harris’ vote would act as a tiebreaker.
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