As Biden gave his handle, Manchin remained seated and kept away from clapping as others applauded the president for lauding objects inside his Build Back Better invoice, together with the expanded Child Tax Credit that expired in December, which Manchin opposed.
During components of the handle, Manchin was noticed leaning over to talk to Romney on a number of events.
Later on, Manchin was seen on the telephone and didn’t stand as folks applauded Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
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Manchin, sporting a pin with Ukrainian colours, has a historical past of parting with his Democratic counterparts over coverage variations.
Following the handle, Romney advised reporters he “asked” Manchin to sit down with him. Manchin chimed in, we’re “showing unity, working together. Showing the whole world we’re together in standing behind Ukraine.”
“Sen. Manchin sat with his colleague Sen. Romney to remind the American people and the world that bipartisanship works and is alive and well in the U.S. Senate,” stated Sam Runyon, communications director for the West Virginia Democrat.
When requested what he thought of Biden’s speech, Manchin stated, “It was a good speech, sure.”
Emily Brooks contributed to this report.