Representative Katie Porter Ripped into Joe Manchin Over the Budget Bill.

Progressive lawmakers are fighting back, and it’s incredibly refreshing to see.

Lauren Elizabeth
4 min readSep 12, 2021

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As irritating and frustrating as West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin might be, it’s admittedly equally as frustrating to feel compelled to discuss his actions or lack thereof on such a frequent basis. I genuinely do not enjoy it, but it feels difficult not to considering the fact that he has made himself the center of virtually everything that’s going on in Washington D.C. That being said, it’s was incredibly refreshing to stumble across a story that is not entirely focused on him, but rather progressive lawmakers openly fighting back.

On MSNBC, Representative Katie Porter took to the television air waves to call out Joe Manchin directly, following her passionate argument for universal childcare to say:

“Now with regards to Senator Manchin and others who wanna talk about the price tag for this, let me be clear. You’re a business person, you get it, you can do math. If something costs A, then you have two options. You can negotiate down from A, or you can find the money. We have revenue options on the table. There are a huge number of corporations that pay zero taxes, and by making savvy revenue choices. For example, using a real corporate profit approach to dealing with those corporations that pay zero, we could generate $700 billion. If we use the corporate minimum tax approach, we’re gonna generate $40 billion. Right there. Right there, Senator Manchin. Right there, anyone who’s worried about spending. We can generate the revenue so this isn’t about $3.5 trillion in spending, it’s not even now about $3.5 trillion in spending because we’re going to generate the revenue to pay for these things. I have the will to do it. The question is, does Senator Manchin, or is he more concerned about his corporate donors including large corporations, the oil and gas industry, the big pharmaceutical companies, and others who are getting away with paying nothing under our current tax system.”

And that, right there, is exactly how it’s done.

After a seemingly endless barrage of setbacks and bad news lately, it feels so good to see even the tiniest sliver of hope. The next couple of weeks…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx