Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reiterated on “Fox News Sunday” that he will vote against President Biden’s gargantuan climate and social spending bill. Fundamentally, Manchin’s stance will be the death of 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. This is a no on this legislation,” Manchin told host Bret Baier.
“I have tried everything I know to do,” Manchin added.
The Democrat senator believes that he had worked conscientiously on the bill and has already spoken with Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party mates to seal the deal. However, Manchin expressed his continuing concern about inflation, along with America’s $29 trillion federal debt and the new wave of COVID-19 infections.
According to Manchin, Biden was aware of his serious concerns regarding where the 2,000-plus-page spending bill was headed.
“He knows that I’ve had concerns and the problems I’ve had. 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 stated.
Manchin also cautioned that skyrocketing inflation could “really harm a lot of Americans,” especially the more impoverished citizens.
Sen. Democrats were surprised by Manchin’s final statement against the bill. They had expected that Biden and the West Virginia politician would continue talking this week.
In a statement, Biden stated that Manchin reiterated his support for $1.75 trillion in spending on the Build Back Better bill.
However, Manchin disassociated himself from the optimistic statement made at the end last week and told reporters that it was Biden who made it.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated in a statement that Manchin’s sudden reversal was unexpected and that he reverted to a framework he had presented to Biden last week, which the White House thought could lead to a consensus that would be acceptable to everyone.
“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,” Psaki said in a statement.
“Just as Senator Manchin reversed his position on Build Back Better this morning, we will continue to press him to see if he will reverse his position yet again, to honor his prior commitments and be true to his word,” Psaki added.