Joe Manchin Kills the Build Back Better Act

Senator Joe Manchin sent shockwaves across the country Sunday morning. The senator from West Virginia appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” and announced that he would not vote for the Build Back Better bill. Striking a huge blow to President Biden’s agenda. “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation… I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible.” 

Sen. Joe Manchin
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After months of negotiations, Joe Manchin finally came to the conclusion that he will be unable to support President Biden’s massive social and climate spending bill. Frustrating Democrats across the country, Senator Manchin specifically cited major concerns over inflation, the national debt, the pandemic and geopolitical uncertainty in his decision.

Senator Manchin’s Official Statement

My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to drastically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face. I can not take that risk…”

Democrat’s Respond to Senator Manchin

Democrats ranging from The White House to his Democrat colleagues in Congress released blistering rebukes of Manchin’s decision. The West Wing was reportedly shocked to hear that Joe Manchin had abruptly abandoned negotiations on the Build Back Better act. White House officials were under the impression that the two sides were close to an agreement.

  • “We’ve been dealing with Mr. Manchin for month after month after month. But if he doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world.” Senator Bernie Sanders
  • “Maybe Senator Manchin can explain to the millions of children who have been lifted out of poverty, in part due to the Child Tax Credit, why he wants to end a program that is helping achieve this milestone—we cannot.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
  • “He routinely touts that he is a man of his word, but he can no longer say that. West Virginians, and the country, see clearly who he is.” Representative Pramila Jayapal
  • “Wow Senator Joe Manchin, with all due respect, when you say you’re a no on Build Back Better – is it you? Or is it the special interest that powers you?” Representative Jamaal Bowman

Senator Joe Manchin’s Full Interview on Fox News Sunday, with Bret Bair

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