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If there were concerns about Joe Biden’s presidency turning lame well ahead of the last several months in office, they’ve manifested themselves bigly this week.
Biden, who has struggled at just about every possible turn of late, is finally ready to push his “Build Back Better” plan, which Democrats believe will turbocharge the social safety net as our nation climbs back out of the coronavirus crater.
The biggest issue here, however, is the cost, and getting that figure to jibe with the whims of Senator Joe Manchin.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declared Sunday that after months of negotiations he has determined that there is no way he can support the massive social spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act.
Speaking with “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin said that he has spoken with President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., but could not reach an agreement on the legislation.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible,” Manchin said, talking about how hard he has worked to try to reach an acceptable compromise on the bill.
The West Virginian was resolute.
“When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now … I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” he said, stating that if he cannot explain to his constituents why he would vote for a bill, then he cannot vote for it, despite all the work he and other Democrats have put into trying to make it work.
“This is a no,” he said. “I have tried everything I know to do.”
Manchin acknowledged that there were aspects of the bill he was in favor of, but it was just too hefty for him to justify voting for it.
“There’s a lot of good, but that bill is a mammoth piece of legislation,” Manchin said, pointing out that it is not even being voted on like a normal bill, but being pushed through budget reconciliation.
With this crucial piece of policy now seemingly off the table, Joe Biden’s presidency has reached an even more severe stage of peril of panic.
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