For the past week, activists have been kayaking to Senator Joe Manchin's yacht to question why he's refusing to support the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill to fund Biden’s legislative agenda.
Thursday was the first day Manchin seems to have come out and talked with the protesters, although he didn’t say much of substance.
Standing on the back of his yacht called Almost Heaven (though some argue it’s a houseboat as opposed to a luxury vessel), Manchin assured those assembled he heard their concerns and understood them.
“We're working hard, we really are,” Manchin said, looking down at the protesters who paddled up to the yacht.
When one protester shouted “we need to tax the rich,” Manchin quickly assented from the back of the $700,000 yacht that he lives on when Congress is in session.
That's the one number thing we should be doing: fixing the tax code so everybody pays their fair share.".
When another activist again said “tax the rich” Manchin agreed with a more annoyed tone from the back of the yacht: "We’re taxing the rich, I agree. »