Watch: Clueless Psaki Scorches Manchin After He Said This

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 20 December 2021 16:45
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a scathing statement Sunday demanding that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., "be true to his word" and reconsider his opposition to President Biden’s Build Back Better Act after the senator revealed on Fox News that he couldn’t support the multitrillion-dollar legislation following months of party negotiations.

"Senator Manchin’s comments this morning on FOX are at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances," Psaki stated, tweeting out a link to her official statement on Manchin. "Weeks ago, Senator Manchin committed to the President, at his home in Wilmington, to support the Build Back Better framework that the President then subsequently announced. Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework ‘in good faith.’"

"If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate," she proceeded. "Just as Senator Manchin reversed his position on Build Back Better this morning, we will continue to press him to see if he will reverse his position yet again, to honor his prior commitments and be true to his word."

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Manchin, earlier on "Fox News Sunday" revealed that he has spoken with Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., but could not reach an agreement on the $1.9 trillion bill.

"When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now … I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation," Manchin stated, reasoning that if he cannot explain it to his constituents, then he cannot vote for it.

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"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," he added.

In a statement last week, Biden said that Manchin had "reiterated his support" for spending $1.75 trillion on the Build Back Better bill, pledging that "we will advance this work together over the days and weeks ahead."

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But Manchin distanced himself from that optimistic statement at the end of last week, telling reporters it was Biden’s and not his.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who on Friday told The Hill that he thought Manchin could be convinced to support the legislation, on Sunday said he wants to force his colleague to vote against it.

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