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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Munchkin announces he will not support Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said Sunday he would not support President Joe Biden’s comprehensive social and climate spending package, often called “Build Back Better,” which threatens the House-passed version of the bill. can put in and put the balance amount. Crisis on Biden’s agenda

The Senate departed for its Christmas break on Saturday without voting on the measure. Biden himself admitted last week that the bill would not pass in 2021.

“I can’t vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” Munchkin told “Fox News Sunday.” “I can’t get there.”

Manchin is holding a significant hold on legislation worth about $1.9 trillion, which can only be passed by Senate Democrats through budget reconciliation. The process requires only 51 votes, which means that if Manchin and all Republicans do not vote on the measure, it will fail.

“It’s a no-no on this law. I’ve tried everything I know. And the president has worked diligently,” Munchkin also remarked on Sunday. Working with Biden has been fantastic. He knows I have concerns and the problems that arise,” the senator said.

Instead, the White House and Congress “should all direct our attention to it”. [new] The variant, a COVID that we are seeing coming back to us in different ways in many different aspects, is affecting our lives again,” said the senator, referring to the Omicron strain that emerged in southern Africa last month. and now dozens of U.S. states.

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South African health officials recently announced that the hospitalization rate for omicron cases is one-tenth of the Delta hospitalization rate at the same time.

But Manchin also warned that rising inflation “could really hurt a lot of Americans,” especially the lower-income groups.

“So I think that’s where our attention needs to be directed immediately,” he said.

Earlier, Manchin had expressed concern that Biden’s comprehensive spending package would further add to inflationary pressures.

Rising inflation could cost millions of Americans an additional $3,000-plus in 2021, according to a report released last week by Penn Wharton University in Pennsylvania. Furthermore, the report estimated that low-income households spend a higher portion of their budgets on goods and services that were affected by inflation and will spend 7 percent more on them.

Following Manchin’s comments, progressive Democrats and self-described socialists criticized the West Virginia senator, considered by many to be the most conservative Democrat in the upper house.

“I think he has to explain a lot to the people of West Virginia,” self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN on Sunday. “I hope we get a strong bill on the floor of the Senate as soon as possible,” he said.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.


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