According to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, President Joe Biden has promised that he can secure all of the Democratic Senators votes for his "Build Back Better Act."
However, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is not on board. He revealed that he cannot support the $1.75 trillion budget package.
"I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact that it will have on our national debt, our economy and, most importantly, all of our American people," he said Monday afternoon.
That throws a giant wrench into Biden's plans.
Manchin cited concerns over inflation and the use of what he described as "budget gimmicks" in the framework, saying the ultimate cost of the package could be twice as large if various programs are extended.
In response to Manchin's announcement Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the plan the House is finalizing will meet Manchin's call for a "fiscally responsible" bill.
"Experts agree: Seventeen Nobel Prize-winning economists have said it will reduce inflation," she said in a statement. "As a result, we remain confident that the plan will gain Senator Manchin's support."
As Democrats continue to try to pass their package full of social spending, Manchin strongly urged House Dems to pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal that has already been approved by the Senate, which includes massive investments in roads, bridges, railways, and broadband internet.
"There are some House Democrats who say they can't support this infrastructure package until they get my commitment on the reconciliation legislation. It is time to vote on the [infrastructure] bill, up or down, and then go home and explain to your constituents the decision you made," Manchin said. "Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for [the] reconciliation bill."
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