The first week of October was dominated by drama on Capitol Hill, debt ceilings, infrastructure, and whether Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema would fall in line with other Democrats who want to pass President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. So far, they are holding firm.
Also, there may be light at the end of the tunnel as far as COVID-19 is concerned.
Here are the quotes of the week.
“I’m not ruling anything out, but the bottom line is I want to make sure that we’re strategic, and we do the right job, and we don’t basically add more to the concerns we have right now.”
– Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, indicates he may raise his $1.5 trillion limit on the social spending package.
“I think this delta wave is probably the last major surge of SARS-CoV-2 infection that we have in the U.S., barring something unexpected happening. It’s largely coursed its way through the U.S., and so maybe by Thanksgiving, on the backend of that, we’ll start to see prevalence levels nationally decline in a more uniform scale.”
– Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the summer spike in COVID cases.
“He has a strong legacy from his administration. He has the ability to get strong people elected, and he has the ability to move the ball — and I hope that he continues to do that. We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.”
– Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador, on working with former President Donald Trump come 2024.
“All I can say is this is truly extraordinary … I think parents across this country are going to be stunned to learn — stunned — that if they show up at a local school board meeting, by the way where they have the right to appear and be heard, where they have the right to say something about their children’s education, where they have the right to vote, and you are attempting to intimidate them. You are attempting to silence them. And you are attempting to interfere with their rights as parents and, yes, with their rights as voters.”
– Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, on the Department of Justice’s new memorandum related to alleged violence and intimidation at school board meetings.
“It’s very tough because the parents are very wounded by what’s taken place by, in many cases, radical left school boards … And you would certainly think they have a voice — and they have a voice — as to how their children are going to be educated, brought up and educated.”
– Former President Donald Trump on the DOJ memo.
“Had I known how much he had changed, I would not have pursued his testimony with such vigor — in fact, I would not have pursued it at all.”
– Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, writes about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s cognitive decline and his regrets at getting him to testify about the Trump-Russia investigation.
“The unified Democratic government had two and a half months to address the debt limit through reconciliation. Instead, they drifted to the doorstep of yet another self-created Democrat crisis. Whether through miscalculation or a deliberate effort to bully their own members into wrecking the Senate, top Democrats have risked adding a default crisis to the inflation crisis, border crisis, and Afghanistan crisis they have already created.”
– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would support extending the debt limit into December.
“Looks like Mitch McConnell is folding to the Democrats, again. He’s got all of the cards with the debt ceiling, it’s time to play the hand. Don’t let them destroy our Country!”
– Trump doesn’t agree with McConnell’s tactics.
“Kids have died. Forgive me, but these f***ers have lied to us for long enough, and we need to know the truth. We need to know. Millions of people are dead.”
– Megyn Kelly has some choice words for people who “lied” about the origins of coronavirus.
“We don’t know [who won the election]. As the audit demonstrates very clearly, Mr. Raskin, there are a lot of issues with this election that took place.”
– Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, during a House Committee for Oversight and Reform hearing.
“Let’s be clear: When you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story.”
– President Joe Biden takes his vaccine requirement for business on the road.
“Civility is gone.”
– Manchin reacts to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s speech chastising Republicans for the debt ceiling row. Manchin also reportedly said Schumer’s remarks were “f***ing stupid.”
“Today’s report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8%, a significant improvement from when I took office and a sign that our recovery is moving forward, even in the face of the COVID pandemic. Jobs up, wages up, unemployment down. That’s progress.”
– Biden puts a positive spin on September’s disappointing jobs report.
“He believes that what happened to her crossed the line and was flat-out unacceptable.”
– Press secretary Jen Psaki on Biden’s reaction to Sinema being cornered in a bathroom.