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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is not at the point where he’d back a Democrat push to pass an infrastructure proposal with no Republican support.
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“We need to do something in a bipartisan way,” Manchin told a reporter in West Virginia. “We can’t continue on these types of projects, because we were able to bring everything to fruition working through a bipartisan way [before]. Republicans didn’t get everything they wanted last time, as you recall. And basically, we’re not going to get everything, but we can move forward and the president has that desire and the urgency to get something big done.”
Pressed on whether Democrats should withdraw from negotiations and move forward by utilizing a tactic called reconciliation, which would enable them to pass a bill with no Republican support, Manchin echoed a theme he’s often turned to in recent months.
“This is the United States Senate—the most deliberate body in the world, and it was by design. And these take time,” he said. “I know, everyone’s in a hurry right now, [but] if anyone understands the process, it’s President Joe Biden, with 36 years of experience or more here, he understands and gets it well. I hope his staff understands also what we’re trying to do.
“We’ve got to bring our country together, we can’t continue to split and go further apart. We just can’t do that. And we’ve got to work together, and that takes a lot of time and energy and patience,” he added.
The upper chamber is currently split evenly between Republicans and Democrats or nominal independents who regularly vote with Democrats. Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, can cast tiebreaking votes. But unless reconciliation is used, Democrats need to get at least 10 Republicans on board with whatever they want to pass.
Republican senators, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), have been negotiating with Biden and his team on infrastructure. The latest GOP proposal came in at $928 billion; the most recent Biden plan runs $1.7 trillion.
Some Senate Democrats have increasingly called for party leaders to shelve negotiations and move forward without the GOP.
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“If Republicans don’t want to cooperate and help us seriously address the many crises we’re facing today, then, yes, we have to move forward without them to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of good-paying, union jobs,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-described Democratic socialist who has twice run for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on CNN this week.
“Republican infrastructure counteroffers so far have not been serious, good-faith attempts to confront the crises facing our country,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wrote in a tweet. “This moment demands we go big and bold. The American people don’t have time for Republican games.”
Colleagues in the lower chamber have also pushed for action.
“We’ve seen this movie before. Republicans will ask for concession after concession, and STILL not vote for the watered-down bill they demanded. Let’s learn from history,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said this week. “It’s time for us to go big, bold, and on our own on infrastructure. Let’s deliver for the people.”
Still, the Democrats’ majority in the upper chamber is so slim that a single senator can hold up a bill if the party does utilize reconciliation.
Capito and Biden planned to speak again on Friday. Capito is slated to report to a group of 20 senators, featuring a number of moderates, next week, according to Manchin.
“She’s doing a great job out there trying to find that sweet spot,” he said.
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‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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