February 17, 2018

Pence Slams Manchin Over Votes on Tax Reform, Health Care

03 February 2018, 03:18 | Kara Nash

Mike Pence criticizes Joe Manchin in West Virginia for voting against tax cuts

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Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will visit Greenbrier County on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

A tragic train wreck nearly put an early end to this year's GOP policy retreat as lawmakers grappled with whether or not to carry on after an Amtrak train carrying them to the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. collided with a garbage truck and resulted in at least one fatality.

"Elections are about choices", he said in the interview in which he discussed his midterm outlook in detail for the first time.

Pence started with comments on the day's events, saying he was in the Oval Office with President Trump when they learned about the crash.

Pence recalled seeing Manchin at a Chamber of Commerce event in West Virginia a year ago while the tax bill was being crafted.

Speaking to employees at in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, chided for his vote against the tax-cut plan in December. "Joe voted no to giving working families more of your hard-earned money. And last night, I want to tell you, I really believe President Trump laid out a blue print for American success". "But West Virginia needs to let him know you expect better from Joe".

"I think that Sen". He says he plans to point out how certain lawmakers failed to support their agenda.

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Asked whether he would vote for West Virginia Democratic Sen.

UPDATED Thursday, 12:37 P.M.: This story was updated to include Manchin's statement. With the veep making a visit to West Virginia, he made a decision to go after the state's Democratic senator.

He accused Pence of having "worked for nearly a year in a divisive and partisan way to take healthcare away from nearly 200,000 West Virginians, bankrupt our hospitals, and push tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and huge corporations".

The attacks prompted a sharp response from Manchin, who approached Republicans during the fall about a possible bipartisan path toward a tax bill - one that would deliver more benefits to low- and middle-income individuals and less for the wealthy and for corporations.

"I was very, very upset when I saw the Republicans never, ever stood up with Barack Obama, and there was things I didn't agree about President Obama in his speech", Manchin said on MSNBC, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.

He also touched upon the opioid crisis that is crushing southern West Virginia, along with many other regions of the country.

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