Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been a thorn in the side of the Biden administration, at least on the legislative front, as Dems struggle to push a $1.75 trillion social spending package on Americans.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, Manchin just expressed his opposition to another of President Joe Biden’s plans, this time with regard to the president’s nominee to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Robert Califf, a professor of medicine at Duke University who previously held the title of FDA commissioner from 2016 to 2017, according to Manchin, isn’t fit for the job given what the senator believes is a clear conflict of interest.
The West Virginia senator believes that appointing Califf, who once headed the agency at the peak of the opioid crisis, would be a step backward for the agency and for America.
Manchin strikes back
In a Friday statement, Manchin held nothing back as he expressed his unwillingness to nominate Califf to the top job at the FDA.
“Dr. Califf’s nomination makes no sense as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on our families across this country with no end in sight,” Manchin’s statement read.
It added: “I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward.”
Notably, in Califf’s first nomination and appointment to head the FDA, he received overwhelming bipartisan support at his Senate confirmation hearing, earning the green light from 89 senators in total.
Biden announced his nomination of Califf on Friday, calling him “one of the most experienced clinical trialists in the country.”
Manchin saves America?
The West Virginia moderate is virtually the one congressional shield standing between the radical, Democrat-led progressive agenda and the rest of the country. Had Manchin supported the social spending bill, it likely would have already been passed.
According to The Hill, inflation highs recently hit a new 30-year record, providing Manchin legitimate ammunition to hold fast in his opposition to Biden’s “Build Back Better” spending bill.
That’s due to Manchin’s continued insistence that any bill over $1.5 trillion, combined with the inflation crisis, could have a devastating economic impact on America. Hopefully, he continues to stand his ground.