Joe Manchin Says This Is Not ‘Transitory’ Issue – It’s ‘Getting Worse’

Joe Manchin Says This Is Not 'Transitory' Issue - It's 'Getting Worse'

( – While the Biden administration works to push through its grandiose spending plans, ordinary people face fast-rising prices for everyday essentials like food, fuel and even housing. Is one Moderate Democrat senator all that stands between us and runaway inflation?

On November 10, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned US inflation, currently the highest in 31 years, “is not ‘transitory’ and is instead getting worse.” His wording was a clear rebuke to President Joe Biden, who in July dismissed rising prices as “transitory,” caused by the COVID pandemic.

Since the release of the latest inflation figures on Wednesday, Biden has finally been shocked out of his complacency, insisting on Thursday bringing rising prices under control was a “top priority.” Yet, he’s still pushing ahead with spending plans that will make it even worse.

A growing chorus of economists, including former Obama adviser Larry Summers, warn Biden’s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” package, expected to pass the House next week, will push prices even higher.

Manchin, who said last week he won’t vote for the package in the Senate without knowing its likely effect on inflation, says he’s ready to vote against the bill. In an equally balanced Senate, that one vote is enough to lock it. “I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward,” he said. “But I’m equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.”

With the cost of living rising faster than wages, the Build Back Better plan will hurt us all. Now, it’s up to Manchin to save us from his own party.

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