“This is a great day,” Senator Joe Manchin quipped on August 16, 2022, as he was exiting the West Wing moments after President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, accompanied on the stage by Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jim Clyburn.

You cannot be a superpower of the world, if you are not self-sufficient with your energy.

Senator Joe Manchin

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin believes that the Democrats were able to bring forth a “balanced” piece of legislation that will lower prescription drugs, health care, and energy costs. According to the White House, the Inflation Reduction Act has taken one of the most “aggressive” actions on climate and clean energy in American history.

“You cannot be a superpower of the world, if you are not self-sufficient with your energy, and that means a vibrant fossil industry to be able to also invest in the future,” explained Senator Manchin. 

President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law, accompanied on the stage by Senator Manchin, Senator, Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jim Clyburn. (Photo: The Pavlovic Today)

As he signed the Inflation Reduction Act in the State Dining Room, President Biden gave the pen he signed the bill with to the West Virginia Senator. 

“It’s a nice gesture,” Manchin made an observation after the ceremony. 

“Joe, we’ve never had a doubt,” Biden praised Joe Manchin. The Senator remembered his father’s words that success is the road under construction but that the Inflation Reduction Act had “a few more potholes than most.”

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Manchin revealed that he gives Biden “all the credit” because as a former Senator, Biden understood that “sometimes, you just gotta let us do what we got to do.” He continued, “You don’t do something of this magnitude with him, the President of the United States, not having involvement and knowing what’s going on.”

According to Manchin, the two have always had a “personal relationship” dating back to the days they both served in the US Senate. “He used to come to West Virginia with Jennings Randolph, Senator Randolph at that time and campaign with him. He was there with Bob Byrd,” said Manchin.

“I have known Senator Joe Biden for quite some time. We always had a friendly relationship. He used to say, ‘Joe, whatever I can do for you, I will. I can be for you or against you.’” Senator Manchin explained that “That’s the little thing we use with each other,” and that his long career in politics taught him “never to take it personally.”  

Senator Joe Manchin: You don’t hold the American people hostage, because it’s not to your political liking. (Photo: The Pavlovic Today)

Asked by The Pavlovic Today why he thinks the Republicans are so angry about this bill, Manchin paused for a moment.

“I don’t know. You know what, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just politics of the day,” said the Senator. “These are all good friends of mine, I know them very well and work with them, and they’ve been very rational on so many things, but on this one here, the way it came about, nobody knew because I wasn’t sure. I think they felt, and I went to talk to all of them and said, ‘Guys listen, I wouldn’t know we would come together, so please don’t blame anybody like this is orchestrated’,” Manchin revealed.

This country has come through an awful lot.

Senator Joe Manchin

“Then I got COVID on Monday, when my staff was in final negotiations. I was on the phone continuously. And then it was finally Tuesday night. And then they voted by Wednesday on the CHIPS Act. And we had an agreement by Wednesday morning. Leader Schumer sets the calendar, so he came out with what they were going to go to next. And they thought they would. I’m thinking you mean you would not have voted for the CHIPS Act? That’s as bad as my side, the progressives holding the Bipartisan Infrastructure [Bill] hostage. You don’t hold the American people hostage, because it’s not to your political liking.”

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Senator Manchin said he still clearly remembers John Kennedy’s speech about ‘What you can do for your country.’ That kind of American spirit, Manchin believes, is what  makes Americans “who we are.”

Asked by The Pavlovic Today if he is concerned about the current state of American democracy in the context of January 6th and deep political divisions, Manchin shared his view. “This country has come through an awful lot. I think we are strong enough to come out of this.”

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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  1. Manchin screwed his West Virginia citizens to further advance his own agenda!! Shame on him for not supporting his state!

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