Although West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) made headlines last month by announcing that he would not support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, some Democrats still hoped Manchin could be persuaded.
However, a new report reveals that those hopes were dashed this week after Manchin declared he’s standing his ground, saying “no conversations” have taken place with the White House or Democratic leadership about reviving the bill.
As Breitbart noted, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, Manju Raju, tweeted out a clip of the Democratic lawmaker explaining his position to journalists on Tuesday regarding Build Back Better, as well as an effort to end the filibuster.
“I was very clear”
“There’s been no conversations after I made my statement,” Manchin said when a reporter asked if he had engaged in further negotiations with the White House with concern to the Build Back Better legislation.
“I was very clear,” the moderate senator continued, stressing that he feels just as strongly now as when he first announced his refusal to support the bill.
Manchin cited the ongoing concerns associated with COVID-19, growing tensions with Russia, as well as rising rates of inflation.
He also reaffirmed his position that those seeking to benefit from the Democrats’ plan for expanded child tax credits should have to file a tax return.
Keeping the filibuster
Manchin’s stand appears to be having an impact on the pace of his party’s legislative agenda, something left-wing author and Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman referenced in a tweet on Tuesday.
He claimed that Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL has said efforts to pass Build Back Better will be delayed until late January while Democrats shift focus to passing voting legislation.
Fox News reported in October that Republicans are committed to stopping the legislation, arguing that it would federalize elections and remove rules aimed at preventing voter fraud.
That opposition will require Democrats to remove the Senate filibuster, something that Manchin said on Tuesday he is hesitant to go along with.
“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,” Manchin said. “There’s nothing left because it comes back and forth.”