Senator Joe Manchin has once again proven to be single-handedly stopping Biden from fully unleashing his radical plans on America – now suggesting he will not support the president’s most recent nominee.
Manchin is planning to block the confirmation of Biden’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Robert Califf.
The West Virginia Senator did note that he has long opposed Califf’s nomination for the job – pointing out that when he was first nominated by Obama in 2016 West Virginians felt the negative impact during his brief time in the role which lasted from February of 2016 up until January 20, 2017.
“Manchin to oppose nomination of Robert Califf to run FDA: My opposition is nothing new. In fact, it was exactly five years ago next week that I came to the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to oppose Dr. Califf’s nomination to serve under then President Obama in the same role,” Fox News Congressional reporter Chad Pergram tweeted.
“Manchin: In the five years since Dr. Califf was confirmed, more than 400,000 Americans, and 5,000 West Virginians have died from drug related overdose….Califf bears a great deal of responsibility for these deaths,” Pergram continued, reporting Manchin’s comments.
“I cannot, for the life of me, understand why this administration is so committed to asking each of us in the Senate to reconfirm a person who had the opportunity to make a difference but show us who he really was. Do not expect a different outcome,” Manchin continued, according to Pergram’s report.
The West Virginia Senator’s conclusion was simple: “If he is given another opportunity to lead the FDA, that won’t happen. I will vote no on Dr. Califf’s nomination and I have never been more profoundly confident of a vote I’m going to cast than I am right now.”
Manchin has been a thorn in the side of his fellow Democrats, preventing a number of President Biden’s disastrous initiatives from being enacted, including the Build Back Better plan which he promised to vote no on due to its potentially catastrophic impact on inflation.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible. And you know my concerns I had, and I still have these concerns,” Manchin said at the time, noting that the people in his home state of West Virginia were already feeling the impact of inflation.
“It’s real, it’s harming every West Virginian, it’s making it almost — difficult for them to continue to go to their jobs. The cost of gasoline, the cost of groceries, the cost of utility bills, all of these things are hitting in every aspect of their life and you start looking at — then you have the debt that we are carrying at $29 trillion, you have also the geopolitical unrest that we have. You have the COVID, the COVID variant, and that is wreaking havoc again, people are concerned.”
“With my family, I know everyone is concerned, so when you have these things coming at you the way they are right now, I’ve always said this, Bret: if I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it, and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible, I can’t get there,” Manchin added.