House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have an ambitious New Year’s resolution: revive President Biden’s Build Back Better plan that was dealt a major blow on Sunday after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced on “Fox News Sunday” that he is a “no” on the social spending bill.
Democrats knew that they could not spare a single vote because of the 50-50 split in the Senate. Pelosi called the developments “disappointing,” but vowed more negotiating. She said she is “hopeful that we will soon reach an agreement so that this vital legislation can pass as soon as possible next year.”
Manchin told Fox News that his rationale was simple: He wants to be able to explain to his constituents in his home state why he voted for the bill. He told Bret Baier, the host, that he “cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.”
“I just can’t,” he said. “I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.”
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