Once again, Senator Joe Manchin has slayed any chance of President Joe Biden passing his "Build Back Better" agenda. On Tuesday, he told reporters that the bill is deader than ever.
Although it was reported on Sunday by the establishment media that Manchin was resuming negotiations on the $1.9 trillion bill, the senator confirmed to reporters that the spending bill was still dead.
“I’m not agreeing to any of this,” Manchin confirmed, “There’s been no conversations” with the White House about the bill.
“I’m talking. I’m not agreeing to any of this” so far, Manchin says. “For us to go it alone…it ends up coming back at you pretty hard.”
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) January 4, 2022
He reiterated, “I feel as strongly today as I did [in December]."
"There's been no conversations," Manchin says about BBB talks with the WH.
He says he hasn't seriously engaged with the WH since his Fox news interview. He adds "I feel as strongly today as I did then"
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) January 4, 2022
“I’m really not going to talk about Build Back Better … there is no negotiation going on at this time,” Manchin added.
“I’m really not going to talk about Build Back Better … there is no negotiation going on at this time,” Manchin says.
This sounds like it’s in pretty bad shape
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) January 4, 2022
Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Tuesday reportedly acknowledgedBiden’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 said.
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