Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said on Monday White House staff did “inexcusable” things that led him to publicly reject President Joe Biden’s social and climate policy plan, a move that jeopardizes the legislation.

Manchin made the comments during a West Virginia MetroNews radio interview, after telling Fox News on Sunday that he could not vote for the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill.

Manchin said he wouldn’t say the “real reason” the talks fell through.

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But when asked what it was, he said, “The main thing is… it’s the staff. It’s purely personal. … It’s not the president. It’s staff. And they drove certain things and released things that were absolutely inexcusable.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Sunday that Manchin’s halt to negotiations on the bill would represent a “sudden and inexplicable reversal of his position, and a breach of his commitments to the president and the senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate”. ”

Manchin’s decision prompted Goldman Sachs to lower its forecast for U.S. economic growth.

A Manchin aide called the White House shortly before Sen. Fox’s interview, people familiar with the matter said. The White House was unable to reach the senator directly in response before he announced on air that he was done with the talks.

Biden and Manchin spoke on Sunday evening, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity, raising hopes the talks can continue into the new year on cordial terms.

Manchin expressed concerns about a number of proposals in Biden’s domestic policy bill, including several climate proposals and the extension of monthly child tax credit payments, which Columbia University says , lifted 3.6 million children out of poverty in October.


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The senator was also frustrated by statements from the administration pointing to him as an obstacle, according to a person familiar with his thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Manchin blocked his passage for weeks; a Dec. 16 statement from Biden mentioned Manchin by name, saying “I believe we will bridge our differences” in “ongoing” discussions.

A preview of the proposal Manchin submitted to the White House last week included $1.8 trillion in funding over 10 years, as Biden had hoped, but no child tax credit, the report reported Monday. Washington Post.

Manchin’s support is crucial in a chamber where Democrats have the thinnest margin of control and Republicans are united in their opposition to the bill.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to move forward with a vote early next year anyway.

During Monday’s interview, Manchin said he told Schumer in July that he would only support $1.5 trillion in spending, or up to $1.75 trillion with enhanced tax reform elements. .

The current proposal is too close to the original proposal, he said. Every time Manchin and the White House took something out, the bill came back to the House of Representatives and “they put everything back together,” he said.

A prominent House Liberal Democrat, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, offered a scathing assessment of her colleague.

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“This lack of integrity is staggering in a town where people say the only thing you have is your word.”