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After President Joe Biden and the Democrats got Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate by their party’s standards, to sign on to their mega-spending “Inflation Reduction Act” bill last year, one might have assumed that the relationship between the Democrat establishment and the West Virginia maverick was back on easier terms.
Apparently not, if one is to judge by this past week.
For the second time in two days, Manchin announced he wouldn’t be supporting a Biden administration nominee — and this time, he slammed the administration’s “partisan politics” in nominating hard-left candidates to fill positions.
In a Friday Op-Ed for the Houston Chronicle, Manchin announced that, “as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, that I will not be moving forward the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis as assistant secretary of the Department of Interior.”
The move comes a day after he became the lone Democrat to vote against confirming Daniel Werfel as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. While Werfel was still confirmed by a 54-42 vote and Manchin’s dissent wouldn’t have killed the nomination even if the vote had been along party lines, it was another sign not all is well between the West Virginia senator and his more liberal colleagues on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue.
“While Daniel Werfel is supremely qualified to serve as the IRS Commissioner, I have zero faith he will be given the autonomy to perform the job in accordance with the law and for that reason, I cannot support his nomination,” Manchin said, according to The Associated Press.
Two days earlier, he announced he wouldn’t support Biden’s controversial nominee to the board of the Federal Communications Commission, Gigi Sohn, potentially complicating an appointment process that has taken over two years, according to The Hill.
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