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昨日からアメリカ政治がバタバタしている感じでした。バイデン政権の目玉法案に対して、日曜の政治番組でマンチン議員の離反があったためです。

米の大型歳出法案、暗雲 200兆円規模 上院で可決困難
毎日新聞 2021/12/21 東京朝刊 有料記事 1225文字
 バイデン米政権の目玉政策である10年間で総額1兆7500億ドル(約200兆円)規模の大型歳出法案の先行きに暗雲が垂れこめている。巨額の財政支出で社会保障や気候変動対策を拡充する「大きな政府」路線の象徴だが、民主党の穏健(中道)派議員が19日に反対を表明。与野党が伯仲する上院での法案可決は困難になり、早期の成立を目指してきた政権には大きな痛手となった。

 「圧倒的な規模の債務やインフレのリスクは冒せない」。民主党穏健派のマンチン上院議員は19日に声明を出し、大型歳出法案に反対する意向を明確にした。上院の与野党の議席は50ずつで、共和党は全員が法案に反対。マンチン氏の反対表明によって当面の法案成立は絶望的になった。




FOXでいきなり発言したようで、民主党内は大騒ぎだったようです。法案不支持を表明してからYou're done. This is no.と念を押された後の回答です。

2分あたりから
"This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do. And the President has worked diligently. He's been wonderful to work with. He knows I've had concerns and the problems I've had and, you know, the thing that we should all be directing our attention towards the variant, a Covid that we have coming back at us in so many different aspects in different ways, it's affecting our lives again."

ここで注目したいのは、言いにくいことを伝えるのにどのようにしているかという点。当たり前と言えば当たり前ですが、最初にできることはやったことを伝え、バイデン大統領の働きに敬意を示しています。

I have tried everything I know to do. 
And the President has worked diligently. He's been wonderful to work with.

まずは結論からというセオリーの英語でも、このような大事なことはいきなり結論を述べずに背景を述べるようです。議員のwebサイトにも声明が上がってるのですが、I cannot vote to move forward on this mammoth piece of legislation. という肝の部分に入るまでに116文字費やしています。

DECEMBER 19, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Build Back Better Act.

“For five and a half months, I have worked as diligently as possible meeting with President Biden, Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and my colleagues on every end of the political spectrum to determine the best path forward despite my serious reservations. I have made my concerns clear through public statements, op-eds and private conversations. My concerns have only increased as the pandemic surges on, inflation rises and geopolitical uncertainty increases around the world.

“I have always said, ‘If I can’t go back home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ Despite my best efforts, I cannot explain the sweeping Build Back Better Act in West Virginia and I cannot vote to move forward on this mammoth piece of legislation. 



このテレビ放映後にホワイトハウスでは異例の長文の声明を出し立場を翻したとして議員を非難していました。動画は声明を出した報道官の最新のコメント。諦めないようです。

DECEMBER 19, 2021

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
Senator Manchin’s comments this morning on FOX are at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances. Weeks ago, Senator Manchin committed to the President, at his home in Wilmington, to support the Build Back Better framework that the President then subsequently announced. Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework “in good faith.”

On Tuesday of this week, Senator Manchin came to the White House and submitted—to the President, in person, directly—a written outline for a Build Back Better bill that was the same size and scope as the President’s framework, and covered many of the same priorities. While that framework was missing key priorities, we believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all. Senator Manchin promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground. If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate.

こちらも背景を説明してから一番言いたいことthey represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the Presidentを出しています。長い声明ですが締めのコメントが以下です。

But we will not relent in the fight to help Americans with their child care, health care, prescription drug costs, and elder care—and to combat climate change. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. We will find a way to move forward next year.

is too important to give upというところや、We will find a way to move forwardというところに執念を感じます。
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