Hopeful Dems Think They Can Flip Manchin

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 11 January 2022 12:00
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi states she is still optimistic that Senator Joe Manchin will assist pass President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan, despite the centrist's continuous refusal to support the social spending scheme.

Manchin, a Moderate Democrat, single-handedly destroyed his party's plan of passing the $1.75 trillion social and climate reform bill last year after announcing he would vote "no" on the plan after months of negotiations.

Concerned regarding inflation, Manchin declined to back the bill as it stood and in the evenly-divided Senate, where the president needed every Democratic vote for it to pass.

Despite the rebel senator nixing the bill, Pelosi announced she's hopeful it can be saved.

"I do think there's an agreement to be reached," she told CBS's Face the Nation. "It's so important for our country."

Pelosi announced she's not willing to let the matter go.

"Whether we're talking about the need for childcare... home health care, all of those things," she stated. "In addition to that, we see weather, and that weather is telling us that we must do what is in the bill to address the climate crisis which is causing so many unusual natural disasters."

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Earlier this month, a report said that Manchin could still be persuaded to endorse the bill.

Sources told Axios that the West Virginia senator is ready to talk about the package's provisions on climate change and child care measures, revealing Biden's agenda may not be a lost cause.

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The enhanced child tax credit, an extension of a measure in Biden's American Rescue Plan, would either have to be eliminated or its income cap for eligible families raised significantly.

The boost, which raised the child tax benefit from $2,000 per child to up to $3,600 for children under 6, expired last week at the end of 2021.

Before publicly rejecting the legislation last month, Manchin presented his alternate Build Back Better proposal to the White House, which included climate and healthcare measures though notably excluded the child tax credit, according to the Washington Post.

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The key centrist reportedly told Biden that he'd be open to some form of a billionaire's tax to pay for the Progressive spending bill.

According to sources cited in the report, Manchin is expressing reservation over the sweeping legislation's size, despite succeeding along with Senator Krysten Sinema in reducing its price tag from an initial $3.5trillion.

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When he returned to Washington after winter break earlier this month, Manchin remained skeptical regarding the plan and announced there are no talks underway with the White House.

"There are no negotiations going on at this time, okay?" the West Virginia Democrat told reporters when asked regarding Biden's $1.8 trillion plan.

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