Trump says he will campaign against Manchin if reconciliation deal passes

Former President Donald Trump said he would go to West Virginia and campaign against Sen. Joe Manchin (D) if the so-called Inflation Reduction Act passes because of his vote. 

Manchin said he would support the bill, which is being put forward by Democrats after the failure of a much larger Build Back Better bill last year.

But during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, Trump said Manchin “sold West Virginia out” when he agreed to support the bill.

“I don’t believe they can stand for that,” Trump said of West Virginia voters, who are known to be conservative.

Bill going forward

Trump thought that maybe his speech would stop the bill’s passage because Manchin might change his mind after hearing Trump’s opposition, but that did not appear to have happened.

He also hoped that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) might stand in the way of the bill, but that also did not happen as Manchin and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) approached Sinema and gained her support.

The Senate voted Saturday to advance the bill, and is expected to pass it.

Trump predicted during the speech that “if this deal passes, they will both lose their next election,” referring to Manchin and Sinema.

IRS funding increased

Both Manchin and Sinema had rejected the earlier Build Back Better bill as spending too much and contributing to inflation, but the current bill spends almost a trillion dollars less.

One huge objection of Republicans to the current bill is that it increases funding for the IRS, which is expected to double audits and allow the agency to stockpile weapons and ammunition for no apparent reason.

While Democrats claim the funding would be to go after the “super rich” with more audits, Republicans claim that there isn’t enough money to be gotten without going after middle-class business owners.

Other objectionable parts of the bill include funding for “green” initiatives that will probably only raise energy costs even more.

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