Manchin Moves Goal Posts (Again) On Build Back Better Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) held a press event today to throw cold water on hopes of a sooner-than-later vote on President Biden’s Build Back Better domestic package aimed at helping Americans in areas of health care, education, climate and tax laws.

“While I have worked hard to find a path to compromise, it is obvious compromise is not good enough for some in Congress,” Manchin told reporters.

“It’s all or nothing, and their position doesn’t seem to change unless we agree to everything. Enough is enough.”

From the Washington Post:

Speaking to reporters, Manchin lamented some of the “social” spending in the still-forming package, the means by which Democrats have crafted it, and the potential that it could add to the deficit while spurring new inflation. He called for more time to evaluate its broader fiscal effects.

“I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact it will have on our national debt, our economy and the American people,” Manchin said. “Every elected representative needs to know what they are voting for and the impact it has, not only on their constituents, but the entire country.”

“I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward,” the senator added. “But I’m equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.”

Manchin also took a swipe at House Democrats accusing them of “holding hostage” the Senate-approved $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would address the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections.

Urging the House Dems to allow an immediate vote on the legislation, Manchin said, “Holding this bill hostage is not going to work.”

It’s worth noting that Democrats, understanding the need for Manchin’s vote in the Senate, have compromised over and over during these negotiations. The fact that he would have the stones to say “It’s time to pass a bill and quit playing games” truly means irony is dead.