Sen. Manchin Kills Biden Agenda Again: BBB Is ‘Deader Than Ever’
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has once again killed President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, telling reporters on Tuesday that it’s deader than ever.
While the establishment media reported Sunday from two confirmed sources that Manchin was resuming negotiations on Biden’s $1.9 trillion reconciliation package, the West Virginia senior told reporters the massive tax-and-spend plan was still dead.
“I’m not agreeing to any of this,” Manchin said about changes to the package the media reported. “There’s been no conversations” with the White House.
In gaggle with several of us, Manchin makes clear he’s not on board yet with push to change filibuster rules this month via the nuclear option in order to pass voting legislation.
Also says there have been no talks with the WH on BBB and a lot of work needs to be done still pic.twitter.com/MPvf23feth
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“I’m really not going to talk about Build Back Better … there is no negotiation going on at this time,” Manchin continued, according to a Politico reporter.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Tuesday reportedly acknowledged Biden’s agenda is dead – at least until Senate Democrats attempt to pass legislation to federalize all local elections.
To federalize all local elections, the senate would need at least 60 “yes” votes in a 50/50 split senate. GOP senators oppose federalizing elections. Therefore, Senate Democrats have proposed doing away with the filibuster, which would mean the measure could pass with 50 Senate votes.
“And the reason I say it’s a heavy lift is once you change a rule or you have a carve-out, I’ve always said this – anytime there’s a carve-out, you eat the whole turkey. There’s nothing left because it comes back and forth,” Manchin explained.
Along with 50 GOP senators, Manchin’s opposition to changing filibuster rules and to the massive $1.9 trillion reconciliation package [aka Build Back Better] threatens to upend Biden’s most prized legislative items.
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