Biden, either ever-hopeful or so senile that he forgets that Build Back Better has been shot down, keeps trying to resurrect the bill and get it passed. Though he’s not constantly pushing for it, it comes up every month or so, only for Manchin to whack it yet again.
Well, that happened yet again, with Biden trying to revive the bill by trying to convince Manchin that the massive spending package would somehow lower costs for middle-class families. In his words:
“One way to fight inflation is to drive down wages and make Americans poorer. I have a better plan to fight inflation. Lower your costs, not your wages.
“Seventeen Nobel laureates in economics say my plan will ease long-term inflationary pressures. Top business leader and most Americans support my plan.”
Well, Manchin didn’t buy that ridiculous line from Biden’s State of the Union address, something that he was more than willing to tell reporters. Speaking to them, he said:
“They just can’t help themselves,” referring to Team Biden’s constant attempts to revive the plan, one that he has been more than clear that he won’t back.
Continuing to make fun of their attempts to bring it back, he joked about the claim it will lower costs, saying “I don’t know where that came from.”
He also trashed that idea by saying “I’ve never found out that you can lower costs by spending more.”
This isn’t the first time this year Manchin has had to tell the Democrats that their favorite bill is dead. As I reported back in the beginning of February:
According to Joe Manchin, the man they need to seal the deal and push the radical spending plan through Congres, no. No, they can’t.
He said as much when speaking to CNN reporter Manu Raju, saying “What Build Back Better bill? I don’t know what you guys are talking about. No, no, no, no. It’s dead.”
Raju promptly took to Twitter to report Manchin’s comments, providing the tale of the West Virginia Democrat driving a nail in the coffin of Brandon’s big government dreams:
Sen. Joe Manchin, asked about Build Back Better, said: “What Build Back Better bill? I don’t know what you guys are talking about.”
I asked him if he’s had any talks on the matter since December. “No, no, no, no. It’s dead.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 1, 2022
Further, Manchin might have grown even less likely to support the bill, as he’s drifting toward Republicans, something that was highlighted during the State of the Union report. As the Hill reported:
Manchin, however, appears more interested in working with Republicans on bipartisan legislation than on trying to revive the Build Back Better Act, which Democrats hope to pass through the Senate on a straight party-line vote under special budget reconciliation rules.
Manchin exited the speech flanked by two Republican colleagues, Romney and Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.).
And he sat on the Republican side of the aisle during the speech.
His spokesperson told NBC that “Manchin sat with his colleague Sen. Romney to remind the American people and the world that bipartisanship works and is alive and well in the U.S. Senate.”
Romney is barely a Republican, but still, it’s a good start.