Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) accused White House staff on Monday of breaking off negotiations over President Biden’s Build Back Better program and doubled down on his pledge to defeat the bill.
Why is this important: A day after sending the Democratic Party in shock by announcing that he would not support the $ 1.7 trillion package, Manchin leaned further into his opposition to the bill, making it clear that he did not support the $ 1.7 trillion package. had no intention of changing course.
- However, he did not commit to saying whether he could potentially support a scaled-down version of the measure.
Driving the news: “It’s not the president, it’s the staff,” Manchin told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval in a 14-minute MetroNews radio interview Monday morning.
- “I just ran out of steam,” he said, adding that White House staff “have conducted some things and released some absolutely inexcusable things. They know what it is.”
- “The bottom line [is] I knew we couldn’t change, it was never going to change. “
What he says : Manchin also said that if Democrats were to try and tackle a smaller package, they would have to submit new legislation to committees and hold hearings on the programs.
- He also criticized the executives’ strategy, saying they mistakenly believed that “we can certainly move a person, we can certainly harass and beat a person”.
- “Well guess what? I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from, and they can just beat up people alive and think they’re going to be submissive, period,” Manchin said.
- Manchin also said he made it clear to Democratic leaders that he did not agree with his approach of treating the legislation “as if you have 55 or 60 Democratic senators and you can do whatever you want. “.
- “I said, ‘I’m not a Democrat from Washington,’” Manchin told Kercheval.
Asked if there is still a place For Manchin in the Democratic Party, Manchin said: “I would like to hope that there are still Democrats who feel like me.”
- “I am fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now if there are no Democrats like that, they should push me where they want me.”
The bottom line: Manchin made it clear in his lengthy interview that he was far removed from the rest of the party when it came to not only the Build Back Better package, but also the scope of some legislation.
- The interview reinforced the fact that any attempt by the party to keep its promises to adopt sweeping social and climate reforms will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, with Manchin standing in the way.