President Joe Biden and other Democrats spent months attempting to secure passage of his massive Build Back Better spending plan.
However, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has made clear that won’t happen. According to the Daily Wire, Manchin recently told a CNN reporter that Biden’s flagship bill is “dead.”
The website pointed to a tweet put out on Tuesday by CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju in which he recounted an exchange he had with the moderate Democrat.
“Sen. Joe Manchin, asked about Build Back Better, said: ‘What Build Back Better bill? I don’t know what you guys are talking about.’”
No talks since December
“I asked him if he’s had any talks on the matter since December,” Raju continued, to which Manchin is said to have replied, “No, no, no, no. It’s dead.”
Daily Wire contributor Hank Berrien noted that Manchin has long expressed reservations about the bill, arguing that the nearly 2 trillion dollars it allocates towards such issues as climate change and education will add to existing problems with inflation.
The senator made headlines in December when he told Fox News host Brett Baier that he “cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.”
Manchin claimed to have “done everything humanly possible” when it came to negotiating a compromise, saying, “I have tried everything I know to do.”
“Inflation is real”
However, the West Virginia lawmaker concluded by saying that the bill’s price tag was not something that he could get behind.
“Inflation is real, it’s not going away any time soon,” Manchin warned, adding, “What we need to do is get our financial house in order, but be able to pay for what we do and do what we pay for.”
In order to pass legislation, it is essential for Democrats to get the support of Manchin as well as fellow moderate Kyrsten Sinema given that the Senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Both were harshly criticized by members of their own party last month for not backing a change to the filibuster rule which would have allowed passage of two controversial election bills.