Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, has been drawing criticism from President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats for his refusal to support the party’s more extreme left-wing initiatives and political nominees.

Last week, Manchin refused to support political nominees put forth by the Biden administration, citing concerns about the partisan politics behind their selection.

In an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle, Manchin made it clear that he would not support the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis as assistant secretary of the Department of Interior, as he believed that her actions went against the spirit of the Inflation Reduction Act, which promotes the use of all fuel types in the cleanest way possible while reducing emissions.

Manchin also criticized the administration’s handling of the co-development of renewable and fossil fuel energy, accusing them of putting a partisan climate agenda above the energy and national security of the nation. He called out the Department of Treasury and the Department of the Interior for violating the letter and intent of the law in their efforts to elevate climate goals.

Manchin had previously voted against the confirmation of Daniel Werfel as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, citing concerns about his autonomy to perform the job in accordance with the law. Although Werfel was still confirmed by a 54-42 vote, Manchin’s dissent signaled a growing rift between him and his more progressive colleagues on Capitol Hill.

Additionally, Manchin refused to support Gigi Sohn, Biden’s controversial nominee to the board of the Federal Communications Commission, stating that she was not the person to bring the FCC together, but rather to drive them apart. This decision may have complicated her appointment process even further, as it means that unless Sohn receives support from all other Democrats in the Senate and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, her prospects of joining the FCC board are slim.

Manchin’s refusal to support these political nominees puts him in agreement with Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, who argue that these nominees are too far to the left. It also reflects Manchin’s commitment to working across the aisle to promote policies that benefit hard-working Americans and increase production of renewable and fossil fuel energy, while reducing energy costs and providing energy security for the nation and its allies.

In his op-ed, Manchin emphasized the importance of following the law in the co-development of renewable and fossil fuel energy, and criticized the Biden administration for putting a partisan climate agenda above the energy and national security of the nation.

His actions reflect his commitment to putting the interests of the nation and its citizens first, and his willingness to stand up to his own party when he believes that they are pursuing policies that are not in the best interests of the nation.

Sources: ConservativeBrief, Houston Chronicle, Associated Press.

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