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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

White House: Manchin goes back on his word by not voting on Biden spending bill

Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) announced Sunday he would not support President Joe Biden’s huge “Build Back Better” spending package, which potentially jeopardizes the measure, the White House said.

“Senator Manchin’s remarks on Fox stand in stark contrast to his discussions this week with the president, with White House staff, and with his own public statements,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday. It is reported that he will not vote in favor of the law.

In the 50-50 Senate, Munchkin’s vote is significant. Days after the House passed a version of the law, Democrats sought to pass a $1.9 trillion spending package through budget reconciliation.

Citing high inflation, the rising number of COVID-19 cases, and the country’s staggering $27 trillion national deficit, Manchin said that if he voted in favor of the bill, it would be “to my constituents in West Virginia.” Wouldn’t be as real.”

Manchin further said that he believed the measure would cost far more than the Congressional Budget Office and Legislative Caucus calculated. The senator argued that the bill uses legislative tricks to make it appear that it will cost less than it actually is.

“We need to organize our financial house, but we are able to pay for what we do and what we pay for,” Manchin said in a Fox News appearance.

But Psaki claimed in a lengthy statement that Manchin—who for months opposed a larger version of the bill—went back on his word in private discussions with Biden and other White House officials.

“If his comments on Fox and the written statement signal the end of that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal of his position,” said Psaki, and expressed his condolences to the president and senators’ aides in the House and Senate. breach of commitments. ,

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“Senator Manchin vowed repeatedly to negotiate finalizing that framework ‘in good faith’,” Psaki said, adding that he met Biden at the White House about five days ago and “build back.” Written Framework for a Better Bill”. covered “many of the same priorities” as Biden’s proposal.

“The Congressional Budget Office reports that the senator has analyzed an unrestricted extension of Build Back Better. This is not what the President has proposed, not the bill the Senate will vote on, and not what the President endorses.” Senator Manchin knows that: The president has told him that over and over again, including this week, face-to-face,” she said.

In addition to Saki, left-leaning Democrats in Congress sharply criticized Munchkin on Sunday.

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Min.), a member of the left-wing “squad” in the House, tweeted that “Munchkin’s excuse [expletive], “and that” the people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long-term care, as in Minnesota.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-described democratic socialist, alleged that Munchkin “does not dare to stand up for powerful special interests” by voting for the bill. Sanders did not elaborate on who those “powerful special interests” might be.

Psaki said the White House would continue to pressure Munchkin to see if he would change his position.

Munchkin’s office did not immediately respond to a request 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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