Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin again shut down any possibility for Democrats to move President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda forward, telling reporters there’s not a “revival” for the legislation.
“There’s not a Build Back Better revival. There’s not,” the West Virginian Democrat told ABC News.
“These major social changes should go through the process,” he said, noting that he wants to see hearings and markups.
“Then if you think you need reconciliation, because you got a great piece of legislation, but people are playing politics with it, that’s another. We’ve never even had that yet,” Manchin added.
Manchin killed Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion social spending bill in December, opposing several provisions it contained.
While the party hoped to revive a scaled-back version of the bill earlier this year, Manchin called it “dead” in February/
Democrats are looking to pass the massive social spending bill through reconciliation, allowing it to pass with a simple majority. However, without Manchin’s support the bill is dead in the water.
Last month, reports indicated that the senator was open to bringing it back to the negotiating table. He reportedly told climate activists and energy executives at a private dinner that he would support the legislation if it was narrowed to climate change, prescription drug prices, deficit reduction and an updated tax code.
Manchin’s office told The Post that the senator is “always willing to engage in discussions about the best way to move our country forward.”
“He remains seriously concerned about the financial status of our country and believes fighting inflation by restoring fairness to our tax system and paying down our national debt must be our first priority,” Communications director Sam Runyon said.
“He has made clear that we can protect energy independence and respond to climate change at the same time. We must maintain energy independence by advancing an all-of-the-above energy policy to continue producing energy cleaner than anywhere else in the world.”
Runyon added: “Additionally, he continues to believe we can and must lower the cost of prescription drugs for working Americans to ensure no family has to choose between life-saving medications and putting food on the table.”