(Adds Biden-Manchin talks)
By Trevor Hunnicutt
WASHINGTON, Dec.20 (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin on Monday said White House staff had done “inexcusable” things that led to their decision to publicly reject President Joe’s social and climate policy plan Biden, a decision that jeopardizes the legislation.
Manchin made the comments during an interview with West Virginia MetroNews radio station, after telling Fox News on Sunday that he would not do so https://www.reuters.com/world/us/senator-manchin-says -he-is-no-bidens- domestic-investment-bill-fox-interview-2021-12-19 will be able to vote for the $ 1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill.
Manchin said he wouldn’t say the “real reason” talks have failed.
But when asked what it was, he said, “At the end of the day, it’s … it’s staff. It’s purely staff. … It’s not not the president. It’s staff. And they drove some things and brought out things that were absolutely inexcusable. “
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday that stopping Manchin’s negotiations on the bill would represent a “sudden and inexplicable turnaround in his position and a violation of his commitments to the bill. president and the senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate. “
Manchin’s move prompted Goldman Sachs to lower its forecast https://www.reuters.com/markets/funds/goldman-sachs-cuts-us-gdp-forecast-after-manchin-retreats-bidens-bill-2021- 12-20 for US economic growth.
A Manchin aide called the White House shortly before Senator Fox’s interview, people familiar with the matter said. The White House was unable to reach the senator directly in response until he announced on air that he was done with discussions.
Biden and Manchin spoke on Sunday evening, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity, giving hope that talks can continue into the New Year on cordial terms.
Manchin has raised concerns about a number of proposals in Biden’s domestic policy bill, including several proposals on the climate and extending monthly child tax credit payments https: // www .reuters.com / world / us / us-sends-final-poverty-busting -monthly-child-tax-credit-payment-2021-12-15, which Columbia University said released 3.6 million children of poverty in October.
The senator was also frustrated by the administration’s statements pointing to him as an obstacle, according to a person familiar with his thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Manchin blocked his death for weeks https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-congress-november-agenda-not-faint-heart-2021-11-01; a December 16 statement https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/12/16/statement-from-the-president-on-the-build-back-better-act from Biden Manchin mentioned by name, saying “I believe we will bridge our differences” in the “ongoing” discussions.
A snapshot 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, reported Monday the Washington Post.
Manchin’s support is crucial in a chamber where Democrats have the least amount of control and Republicans are united in their opposition to the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to go ahead with a vote early next year anyway.
During Monday’s interview, Manchin said he told Schumer in July he would only support $ 1.5 trillion in spending, or up to $ 1.75 trillion with improved tax reform elements. .
The current proposal is too close to the original proposal, he said. Every time Manchin and the White House took something away, the bill would go back to the House of Representatives and “they put everything back in place,” he said.
A leading liberal Democrat, Representative Pramila Jayapal, offered a scathing assessment of her colleague.
“This lack of integrity is staggering in a city where people say the only thing you have is your word.” (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Caitlin Webber; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Heather Timmons, Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)