Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, a Democratic candidate for US Senate, speaks at a rally of the striking Scranton Federation of Teachers at the Pennsylvania Capitol in November.
CNN  — 

To Democrats eager to become senators in 2023, the Senate is plainly broken and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s power over President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is proof.

The moderate Democrat’s announcement on Sunday that he would be a no vote on Biden’s sweeping economic and social spending package has lit a fire under those Democrats who hope to be his colleagues.

“Manchin’s current decision is an egregious betrayal of working people,” said Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, a Democrat running in a crowded primary for his state’s open Senate seat in 2022. “It proves how important it is for us to elect working people who know in their bones what it means when government works or doesn’t.”