Over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday stretch, Democrats pushed a new talking point in which they claimed that President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation could still be saved, even after it was essentially killed by moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) the week prior.
However, according to Fox News, that was apparently all extremely wishful thinking, as Manchin revealed this week that he still feels the exact same way he did about the bill now than he did when he revealed during a Fox News interview that he can’t support the massive monstrosity of a progressive spending package.
It was on Tuesday that Manchin, cornered by a number of reporters, revealed that there have been “no conversations” regarding the potential salvaging of the legislation.
REPORTER: Could you characterize where you are right now on BBB and what your conversations have been with the White House?
MANCHIN: There’s been no conversations after I made my statement. pic.twitter.com/Ju7mrpJILt
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 4, 2022
Manchin drops the hammer
The West Virginia moderate Democrat made clear, in no uncertain terms, that there have not been negotiations with either the White House or Democratic leadership, who so desperately wish to pass the spending package ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“There’s been no conversations after I made my statement. I was very clear, I feel as strongly today as I did then that the unknown with COVID – here we are. I’ve got an N-95, I see all of you do,” Manchin said.
The senator added: “So there’s different concerns that we have right now that we haven’t had for a while, so that’s a concern. Inflation is still a concern. It’s still over 6%.”
Both the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation were cited as some of Manchin’s initial concerns with supporting the legislative package.
But a new issue he alluded to is the tension building between the U.S. and Russia over President Vladimir Putin’s potential invasion of Ukraine, and what the American response might be. “These are all challenges, and this is all expensive challenges. So that’s where we are on that,” Manchin said.
“I was very clear”
Reporters pressed the senator on specific items in the bill, essentially asking if the bill could be modified to a level where he could agree, would he get on board.
“I’ve never turned down talks with anybody. I really haven’t. I was very clear on where I stand, and I thought it was time to do that, rather than just continue on and on as we have for five and a half months,” Manchin said. I haven’t changed from the first day when I talked to leader Schumer on that.”
Thank God that Manchin is sticking to his guns on this one, as the last thing this country needs right now is a multi-trillion-dollar liberal spending package that would likely devastate an already-struggling economic recovery.