Biden stabbed in the back: Manchin confirms he’s a ‘no’ on Build Back Better

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has faced strong opposition from Republicans. Now, however, he’s taken a massive hit from someone in his own party.

In a major blow to Biden, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) announced this weekend that he will not be supporting the president’s Build Back Better agenda. 

Manchin made that fact clear during an interview Sunday with Fox News host Bret Baier, where the senator explained that he has long “had reservations” about the legislative package.

Manchin cites economic concerns

Specifically, Manchin mentioned his concern that the bill’s high-dollar spending provisions would fuel inflation, something he said is “harming every West Virginian.”

“It’s making it almost difficult for them to continue, to go to their jobs, the cost of gasoline, the cost of groceries, the cost of utility bills — all of these things are hitting in every aspect of their life,” Manchin told Baier, according to a transcript from Fox.

The Democratic lawmaker also drew attention to “the debt that we’re carrying, $29 trillion” along with  “the geopolitical unrest that we have.”

“So when you have these things coming at you the way they are right now, I’ve always said this, Bret, if I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” Manchin concluded. “And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t.”

Democrats go on the attack

Following Manchin’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement suggesting the administration had been blindsided.

“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,” she said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Psaki was not alone in speaking out, with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeting that Manchin’s rationale for opposing the bill was “bulls***.”

“The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans,” she added. “This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure.”

Progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also expressed contention over the move, according to The Hill, charging that Manchin “doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world.”

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