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Manchin says he’s a ‘no’ on Biden’s key spending bill

By AFP
19 December 2021   |   3:04 pm
US Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat whose support is crucial to passing a massive social spending bill, said Sunday he was a "no" on the legislation seen as critical to President Joe Biden's legacy.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by reporters as he leaves a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Democrats continue to work on a path forward in regards to the Build Back Better and election reform legislation ahead of the Holiday recess. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

US Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat whose support is crucial to passing a massive social spending bill, said Sunday he was a “no” on the legislation seen as critical to President Joe Biden’s legacy.

“I can’t vote for it and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t,” Manchin said on Fox News Sunday.

The Build Back Better bill aims to funnel $1.75 trillion to lower the cost of childcare and drugs, support the purchasing power of households and to invest in the transition to clean energy.

Biden has held numerous talks with Manchin, who considers the project to be too expensive and argues it will further fuel inflation, now a major concern for Biden and US consumers.

Manchin’s support is crucial to securing the bill’s passage through the divided Senate, but on Sunday he said he had made up his mind to oppose the legislation.

“I’ve tried everything humanly possible, I can’t get there… This is a no.”

Manchin’s decision is a major blow to Biden, who has spent a significant amount of political capital in seeking to secure passage of what is seen as the signature bill of his presidency.

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