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Manchin, Biden Clash Yet Again, This Time Over His Pick For IRS Chief

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin stated on Wednesday that he will vote against President Joe Biden’s nominee for the new chief of the Internal Revenue Service, Daniel Werfel, once again butting heads with the commander-in-chief in a move that is no doubt causing immense frustration within the Democratic Party.

Any time the Democrats are eating at each other, it’s a darn good day. You see, the less unity there is in their party, the greater chance we have as conservatives to take them out during future elections, as they will expose their true natures and what they really have planned for the American people in their policies.

Manchin went on to reveal that he was voting against Werfel because of the current administration’s implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, which actually did nothing to reduce the stress and pressure from record high inflation rates, shaping up to be nothing more than a massive tax and climate bill that Manchin played a critical part in passing.

“At every turn, this Administration has ignored Congressional intent when implementing the Inflation Reduction Act,” Manchin remarked in a statement. “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.”

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Manchin’s vote is important as Democrats currently control the Senate by a thin 51-49 majority, including three independents who caucus with them. Two Democrats – Senators John Fetterman and Dianne Feinstein – are currently out with medical issues.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Werfel received bipartisan support in a Senate committee vote advancing his nomination last week. Manchin this week helped scuttle Biden’s pick for a key fifth seat on the Federal Communications Commission by signaling his opposition to nominee Gigi Sohn, who withdrew Tuesday.

Manchin’s West Virginia is a former Democrat stronghold state that has trended Republican in recent decades. He has not yet said if he will run for reelection in 2024, but would likely face a tough battle to retain his seat.