Scalise: 'Tough' Joe Manchin Can Handle Dems' Backlash

Sen. Joe Manchin is “tough” and can handle the backlash after breaking from his own party in an editorial and in TV appearances about his refusal to vote for a Democrat-only infrastructure bill and for rejecting calls to kill the Senate filibuster to allow the House Democrats’ voting rights bill to be approved in the Senate, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday 

“I think it’s a mistake to threaten him,” the Louisiana Republican said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “What he’s saying is, Joe Biden, you said you were going to unify the country and work with everybody, it’s time you start doing that.”

Manchin, D-W. Va., has said he wants to help Biden work with both sides of the aisle, Scalise continued, but that also means he won’t be voting to pass bad legislation. 

“A Democrat-only infrastructure bill would be much more (about) the Green New Deal,” Scalise added, because it would contain provisions that would have nothing to do with roads and bridges and that “would not be good for the country.”

“At least Joe Manchin is putting his marker down on that and on H.R. 1, which is a bad piece of legislation,” Scalise said,

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