Manchin: Biden earns ‘absolute’ credit on $739 billion tax and climate bill


Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that President Joe Biden deserved credit for the Democrats’ so-called tax and climate package he negotiated with Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Anchor Jake Tapper said: “If passed, this bill is poised to become one of the greatest achievements of the Biden presidency. What role did President Biden play in these negotiations? Does he despise any credit for this bill?”

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Manchin said, “Oh, absolutely. Jake, let me tell you that. You’re not doing anything of this magnitude, this magnitude, and this is changing. It’s changing the whole energy production that we have in our country. It’s changing the investment portfolio for the energy of the future. It’s creating jobs here because we’re giving incentives. We didn’t send anyone a check. We gave them incentives to earn it. That’s the bottom line with investment. But you don’t account for this size and magnitude without the president knowing what’s going on, the president is involved – to some extent, and also gives approval. That’s what President Biden did. And I’m eternally grateful that we have an agreement. And a piece of legislation that really, I think, is going to change the whole landscape of America.”

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