On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin declared President Joe Biden’s vast social and environmental Build Back Better bill “dead.”
The senator told reporters that any possible resurgence of the bill would be predicated on fresh negotiations over the Democratic party’s domestic priorities.
“What Build Back Better bill?” Manchin said when reporters asked about it. “There is no — I mean, I don’t know what you’re all talking about.”
When Manchin was asked there were any further talks with democratic leaders, he added, “No, no, no, no. It’s dead.”
Though Manchin said he remains open to talks, he told reporters that no further formal negotiations had been held to date.
In December, Senator Joe Manchin said he could not support passing the bill when he appeared on Fox News Sunday.
The bill proposed $1.75 trillion in social and climate spending reform and has been on shaky ground for a while. Despite the measure being a crucial component of President Joe Biden’s plans, Manchin has raised concerns about the bill’s content and cost since its initial proposal.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible, I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. This is a no on this legislation,” Manchin told Fox News Sunday host Bret Baier. “When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now … I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.”
Republicans praised Manchin’s decision to stop the bill, which the GOP universally opposed from the beginning.
“President Biden’s mega-spending bill is dead, and Joe Manchin put the nail in the coffin,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement on Dec. 19. “This should be a reality check to wild-eyed progressives that they are not the mainstream: With a divided country, a 50-50 Senate, and blowout inflation, the American people don’t want to upend this country with nakedly-partisan legislation.”