Sen. Joe Manchin, a critical vote in the narrowly divided Senate, dealt a stunning blow to President Biden’s $2 trillion Build Back Better social spending plan with his announcement that he is a “no” vote on the package.
“I’ve always said this, Bret, if I can’t go home and explain to the people of West Virginia why I can’t vote for and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there,” Manchin told host Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday.”
“You’re done?” Baier asked. “This is a no?”
”This is a no on this piece of legislation. I have tried everything I know to do,” Manchin responded, pointing out that he has already informed President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of his intent.
The Biden administration negotiated with Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for months to get them on board with the legislation.
But Manchin opposed many of the spending package’s initiatives, including the expansion of the federal child tax credit.