(DailyVantage.com) – President Joe Biden, who up until this point, has been able to pass his left-wing legislative agenda with relative ease, has just issued his first ever veto.
On Monday, the President tweeted “I just vetoed my first bill.”
The bill, which attracted the support of a few moderate Democrats in the Senate, would have reversed a Labor Department rule that allows for retirement fiduciaries to invest in accordance with the Environmental, social, and governance framework, otherwise known as ESG.
Though Biden claimed that it was “MAGA House Republicans” who were chiefly responsible for this anti-ESG backlash, there were notable Democrats who voted along with them.
Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT), who both face tough re-election matchups in 2024, sided with their GOP colleagues in opposing the pro-ESG Labor Department Rule.
Manchin, in an official statement posted to his Twitter account on Monday, wrote “This administration continues to prioritize their radical policy agenda over the economic, energy, and national security needs of our country…” The statement was accompanied by a caption wherein Manchin argued that, in promoting ESG, the Biden administration is “prioritizing politics” over the economic welfare of Americans.
Anticipating a difficult reelection in 2024, Manchin is trying to pivot towards the center, occasionally obstructing Biden’s legislative agenda.
Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV), who if triumphant in the West Virginia Republican Primary, will be challenging Manchin in 2024, tweeted the following in the wake of Biden’s veto: “Joe Biden is once again putting the needs of woke investors over West Virginia families who depend on their hard-earned pensions.”
These two statements bear an uncanny resemblance. This move to the right by Manchin indicates that West Virginians are not on board with woke, leftist policies. One shouldn’t forget that in 2020, former President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 40-points.
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