Protesters and political activists rowed towards US Sen. Joe Manchin’s yacht this week, demanding to know why the senator refuses to support President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
In a video capturing the exchange, Manchin, aboard his $700,000 house boat named Almost Heaven, assured the kayakers that Democrats were working to pass a reasonable bill.
West Virginians waived signs saying ‘don’t sink out healthcare, and shouted at the Senator while he was aboard the vessel, which was moored on the Potomac River in Washington DC.
‘We’re working hard, we really are,’ Manchin said, looking down at the protesters who paddled up to speak with him ‘We want to get a good bill that’s a balanced bill, that’s well done. And I know it won’t be enough for some, it will be too much for others.’
When one of the protesters asked him he raise taxes for the wealthy, Manchin said that it would be a priority.
‘That’s the number one thing. We should be fixing the tax codes so everyone pays their fare share. We’re taxing the rich, I agree. We’re going to make the rich and the famous pay.’
West Virginians are kayaking to Joe Manchin's yacht and demanding he explain why he's stopping the reconciliation bill from advancingpic.twitter.com/Q09OC1aEHo
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) October 1, 2021