“Senator Manchin and I are going to get something done,” Biden said in response to a reporter who asked if the West Virginia senator had broken his commitment on passing the bill into law.
The party’s fractured relationships will need to be repaired, so it is still to be seen whether the renewed effort to bring Manchin aboard can do that.
Over the weekend, Manchin announced that he couldn’t support the $1.75 trillion social spending and climate package the House has passed, dealing a huge blow to Biden’s top legislative priority. Following the announcement, Manchin made a strong statement that he couldn’t support the $1.75 trillion House climate and social spending package. This was a huge blow to Biden’s top legislative priority. a scathing statement accusing the senator of essentially breaking his word to Biden on commitments he’d made to support a framework for the bill.
Progressive Democrats in the House followed suit, blasting Manchin for his “lack of integrity” in his conversations with the president.
Manchin responded in kind, pinning the blame in part on “staff-driven” White House leaks that he felt disrespected him.
“It’s not the president, it’s his staff,” Manchin saidInterview on Monday radio. “They put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is and that’s it.”
The West Virginia Democrat added that pressure campaigns won’t work against him.
“I’m not from where they’re from, and they can’t just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive,” he said.
It’s difficult to see how Democrats can get Manchin’s vote without a major overhaul of the Build Back Better Act, which includes monthly payments to parents, child care funding, health care subsidies and a significant investment to fight climate change.
Manchin is also adamant about budget maneuvers that Democrats use to obtain a lower estimate of bill cost. Also, he is adamantly opposed to expanding the child tax creditThe, which has dramatically reduced child poverty across the nation and that Democrats hope to continue for an additional year.
Biden, however, expressed hope that there would be some type of agreement.
“Some people think maybe I’m not Irish because I don’t hold a grudge,” he said, retelling a favorite joke. “But I want to get things. I still think there’s a possibility.”