Senator Joe Manchin interview: Full Transcript

CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and host of “Face the Nation,” John Dickerson, spoke to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, about threats of a government shutdown, and the state of the health care bill that recently passed in the House. 

What follows is a full transcript of the interview, which aired Sunday on “Face the Nation.”


JOHN DICKERSON: We’re joined by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. He’s in Charleston, West Virginia. Good morning, senator. I wanted to pick up on something that O.M.B. Director Mulvaney said. He said there might be something called a good shutdown. What do you think of the notion of a good shutdown?

SEN. JOE MANCHIN: There is no good shutdown. There should not even be the talk of a shutdown. John, basically we can do a CR, a continuing resolution, for one day. We can do it for one week. We can do it for one month. But we should at least stay there and get our job done. Shutting it down puts too much, absolute too much, absolute agony on people. And it’s just un-American. We should not do that. I’ve been through a shutdown. And it did not end well. And it wasn’t good for anyone. And nobody gained a thing. So I hope that we get the shutdown out of our vocabulary, get back to working, staying there, and get our job done.

JOHN DICKERSON: Director Mulvaney said that this process that led to the agreement that kept the government until the fall was a bad process. Some people would look at it and say, “Well, the Democrats got something and the Republicans got something. And that’s not altogether a bad thing when there’s bipartisan cooperation.”

SEN. JOE MANCHIN: Well, they’re just not used to bipartisan cooperation. And it’s so far and few in between they didn’t know what to do with it when they got it. Everybody worked on something. We took care of our military, made sure. That was a big effort by many people on both sides of the aisle. But the Republicans, President Trump pushed that very hard. That was something that was needed. And we…

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