Since now-President Joe Biden won the elections, the far left has been happily posting on social media and bragging all about the social engineering that would happen under the new head of state.
While Dems are enjoying small majorities in both chambers of Congress, it seems the country had been slipping into Marxism without any way of slowing it down.
Throughout summer and fall, progressives, more specifically “the Squad,” held up the infrastructure bill’s passage through congress. They demanded that they would only join the majority if the Build Back Better bill worth $3.5 Trillion would be passed at the same time.
In the hopes of getting both bills approved, Congres eventually passed the infrastructure bill. During this period, Democratic leadership has been pressuring the 50 Senators in their party to approve the said bill before Christmas break.
The Democrats have hoped to utilize budgetary reconciliation to pass the bill as it would let them pass it using a simple majority in the upper chamber of Congress. Although, because Democrats only have a one-member majority, it would need the approval of two swing votes. In this case, it would be the votes of Sens. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.
Biden’s Bill Sinks
To the dismay of the Democratic party and of the White House, one who was supposed to have their backs sank the said bill.
On Sunday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), revealed that he can’t support his party’s signature social and environmental bill that’s worth $2 trillion. This would deal a devastating blow to Biden’s leading domestic initiative going into an election year when the left’s narrow hold on Congress was already in danger.
To justify his stance, Manchin cited several factors that weigh in on the economy and the potential dangers that he saw from pushing through with the bill. Some of these include persistent inflation, a growing debt, and the omicron variant.
“When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now, I’ve always said this … if I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” the senator said.
“I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t do it,” he went on to say, adding, “This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”
The West Virginia senator’s decision is likened to the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz) disapproval that blocked former Pres. Donald Trump’s effort to repeal the healthcare law back in 2017.
According to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office earlier in December, if a lot of the bill’s temporary spending boots and tax cuts become permanent, it would add $3 trillion to the bill’s price tag. It would also more than double its cost for 10 years to around $5 trillion.
After he revealed his stance, several people have criticized Manchin for withdrawing his support for the bill.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed Manchin for this and asked Democratic leaders to bring the said bill to the floor so that they can force Manchin to oppose it.
"If he doesn't have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world." Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin saying "no" to Biden's Build Back Better Act. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/oEQaD19tAd
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 19, 2021
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also let her thoughts known. She told CNN that Manchin has “never negotiated in good faith,” and that he is trying to block Biden’s agenda.
"The Senate must return to session immediately and bring this historic and transformational bill to a vote so Senator Manchin—and every Republican who has opposed it from the very beginning—can demonstrate, on the record, the contempt they have for their constituents" pic.twitter.com/AoTNyaXuCO
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 19, 2021
.@AyannaPressley responding now to the Manchin development on CNN,
“To be clear my lack and deficit of trust was about Senator Manchin. He has continued to move the goal post. He has never negotiated in good faith and he is obstructing the President’s agenda.”
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) December 19, 2021