Former President Donald Trump said that by opposing the Build Back Better Act, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is “saving” President Joe Biden. He added that if the proposal goes through, the U.S. would be “a total disaster.”
On Sunday, Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that following months of negotiations, he has decided that he couldn’t support the president’s huge social spending bill.
According to Fox News, Trump said he thinks the senator is “saving Biden” because if the proposal passes, the country would become a “total disaster.” The former president then noted that inflation in the U.S. is currently “so bad,” describing the issue’s scale at a “level that nobody’s really seen.” He said that it could result in a situation “far worse than Jimmy Carter.”
Trump added that he believes Manchin is helping the president from himself. The former president cites already-pressing issues the country is currently facing and noted that the proposal could aggravate the situation even further.
“This country is not able to do what they would like to do,” Trump went on to say in connection to the Democrats’ plans that are included in the BBB act. He commented, “It would be very bad for the country.”
On Sunday, Manchin stated that he could not support the package to continue, noting that if he can’t justify voting for a bill to his constituents, then he can’t vote for it even with all the work he and his party mates had put in trying to arrive at a consensus.
“This is a no,” the senator said. “I have tried everything I know to do.”
He did say that he was in favor of certain aspects included in the bill, although the entire package was just too hefty that he couldn’t justify voting in favor of it. He also pointed out that the bill isn’t even a normal one that’s being voted on. Instead, it is being pushed via budget reconciliation.
Previously, the senator had proposed for the spending package to have a $1.7 trillion price tag. However, he stated that his Democratic colleagues chose to not make the necessary compromises to have that price tag. Although, Manchin did note that he and Pres. Biden both tried hard to make things work.
“What we need to do is get our financial house in order, but be able to pay for what we do and do what we pay for,” the senator said.
On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a memo to his colleagues on Monday. In it, he said neither Manchin’s “delay nor other recent pronouncements,” will stop them from trying to “find a way forward.”
Schumer also said that “We simply cannot give up,” also saying that all the senators need to know that the Senate will still consider the BBB Act “very early in the new year so that every Member of this body has the opportunity to make their position known on the Senate floor, not just on television.”
He went on to say that the Senate will vote on a revised version of the said bill that passed the House of Representatives. Schumer then added that they will continue voting until “we get something done.”
President Biden was asked about Manchin’s decision on Tuesday. He was particularly asked whether the senator broke his commitment to supporting the Biden administration.
Regarding this, Biden said prior to leaving the podium that he and Manchin “will get something done.”\
Reporter: "Do you believe Senator Manchin kept his word to you?"
President Biden: "Some people think maybe I'm not Irish because I don't hold a grudge. Look, I want to get things done. I still think there's a possibility to get Build Back Better done." pic.twitter.com/zZ9AOlAZJN
— The Hill (@thehill) December 22, 2021