Senator Manchin Announces He Will Vote No On Build Back Better Bill

A so-called ‘Democrat” in the Senate announced today that he will torpedo the Build Back Better bill.

The Hill reports:

“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he will not vote for President Biden’s “mammoth” climate and social spending bill, essentially killing the White House’s top legislative priority.

‘I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there,’ he told guest host Bret Baier. ‘This is a no on this legislation.’

‘I have tried everything I know to do,’ he added, closing the door on Democratic hopes that he might be persuaded to change his mind.

He said he had worked ‘diligently’ on the bill, meeting with Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other colleagues to find a way forward, but he added that he remains extremely concerned about inflation, the $29 trillion federal debt and a surge in new infections caused by the omicron variant of COVID-19.

‘When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now — I’ve always said this, Bret. If I can’t go home to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,’ he said.

Manchin said Biden knew that he had serious concerns about how the 2,000-plus-page bill was shaping up.
‘He knows that I’ve had concerns and the problems I’ve had,’ he said. ‘The thing we should all be directing our attention toward is the variant of COVID we have coming back at us in so many different aspects and different ways. It’s affecting our lives again.’

Manchin also warned that rising inflation could ‘really harm a lot of Americans,’ especially lower-income or impoverished Americans.

‘So I think that’s where our attention needs to be directed toward immediately,’ he said.

Manchin’s definitive statement opposing the bill comes as a surprise to fellow Senate Democrats who expected that talks between the West Virginia centrist and Biden would continue this week.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Hill here.

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