Build Back Better is officially dead.
Don’t believe it?
Just ask democrat senator Joe Manchin.
On Tuesday, Manchin used some strong language when asked about Joe Biden’s atrocious Build Back Better bill:
“What Build Back Better bill?” Manchin said when asked about the bill by reporters.
“There is no, I mean, I don’t know what you’re all talking about.”
When pressed further, Manchin simply responded:
“No, no, no no. It’s dead.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) February 1, 2022
Our friends at Newsmax with the latest from Joe Manchin:
Sen. Joe Manchin declared Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s vast social and environment bill is “dead,” using his strongest language to date to underscore that any revival of Democrats’ top domestic priorities would have to arise from fresh negotiations.
The remarks by the West Virginia Democrat didn’t substantively alter the stance he’d taken in December, when he said he couldn’t support the legislation as written, essentially dooming it. But his latest comments illustrated the election-year challenges facing his party as it struggles to resuscitate parts of the package and win over voters weary of the two-year-old pandemic and coping with the worst inflation in decades.
“What Build Back Better bill?” Manchin said Tuesday, using the legislation’s name, when reporters asked about it. “There is no, I mean, I don’t know what you’re all talking about.” Asked if he’d had any talks about it, he added, “No, no, no no. It’s dead.”
Joe Manchin says original Build Back Better bill is dead | Fox News Video https://t.co/8I9rSCJR5W
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 2, 2022
Joe Manchin, asked if lifting the SALT cap is still on the table as part of Build Back Better, responds:
“What Build Back Better bill?”
He suggests that “whatever we come up with” will be a different bill. Via pooler @josephzeballos.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 1, 2022
Manchin to reporters just now: “What Build Back Better bill?”
— Andy Duehren (@aduehren) February 1, 2022
Sen. Joe Manchin, asked about Build Back Better, said: “What Build Back Better bill? I don’t know what you guys are talking about.”
I asked him if he’s had any talks on the matter since December. “No, no, no, no. It’s dead.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 1, 2022
Joe Manchin is the last Democrat with common sense! https://t.co/hivN3kIadt
— Nick Adams 🚚 (@NickAdamsinUSA) February 2, 2022
Sen. Joe Manchin offered a grim pronouncement on the status of President Joe Biden's remaining domestic agenda, saying the Build Back Better act is "dead"https://t.co/oyIXG8cJ5y
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2022
CNN provided more details:
When asked later to elaborate on his comment that the legislation is “dead,” the West Virginia Democrat said, “If they’re talking about the whole big package, that’s gone.” On the possibility of supporting a smaller package, he said, “We’ll see what people come with. I don’t know.”
Manchin once again raised concerns over inflation and said that passing a government spending bill “has to be done first.” He also pointed to bipartisan efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act as a priority, saying those talks are “on a hot track now.”
Since Senate Democrats control only a narrow 50-50 partisan split, every single member of their caucus would need to support the legislation for it to pass under a process known as reconciliation, which would allow them to avoid a GOP filibuster.
That dynamic has given Manchin outsized influence over the process and the ability to stop Build Back Better altogether if the rest of his party can’t find a way to get him on board.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 1, 2022
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 1, 2022
Jen Psaki and other democrats seem to be in denial about the Build Back Better bill being dead:
Reporter: "Sen. Manchin just said Build Back Better is dead. Was the White House aware that he felt this way?"@PressSec: "Taking steps to lower costs for child care, for health care, for elder care, […] Whatever you call that, there is strong support for that." pic.twitter.com/5dIioB3lEI
— The Hill (@thehill) February 1, 2022
Q: "Senator Manchin earlier today said that Build Back Better is, in his words, dead. Is he right about that?"@SenSchumer: "We're fighting hard for #BuildBackBetter…We are continuing to work on it…" pic.twitter.com/pcgJHIF8gp
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 1, 2022
However, Florida congressman Byron Donalds says the bill is “basically dead:”
The national debt is ballooning and has surpassed $30 TRILLION, Build Back Better is dead on the Capitol floor, and 39% of Floridians disapprove of @JoeBiden's handling of the economy–he's been a complete and total disaster. pic.twitter.com/nETaF6MhZW
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) February 2, 2022