Sen. Manchin defends vote for stimulus bill after opposing it

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland, D-N.M., to be Secretary of the Interior on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland, D-N.M., to be Secretary of the Interior on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland, D-N.M., to be Secretary of the Interior on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 10:22 AM PT – Monday, March 8, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is facing criticism for voting to pass the controversial stimulus bill after opposing it in public statements.

According to reports Sunday, the West Virginia senator said in the past he would not support any bills based exclusively on his party affiliation. He also claimed to oppose partisan politics while calling for a new era of bipartisanship.

On Saturday, however, Manchin voted in favor of the $1.9 trillion bill. The Democrat lawmaker is now trying to defend his hypocrisy.

“I’m the same person I have been all my life and since I’ve been in the public offices, I’m the same,” he stated. “I’ve been voting the same way for the last 10 years…the common sense that comes with the moderate middle is who I am.”

Reports also found Manchin only voted to support the stimulus package because the bill was changed more to his liking and due to political pressure by the Biden administration.

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