Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Tuesday that there are no negotiations taking place regarding a revival of President Joe Biden’s massive social spending package.
“I’m really not going to talk about Build Back Better because I think I’ve been very clear on that. There is no negotiation going on at this time,” Manchin told the press outside of his office on Tuesday.
Politico Playbook further noted, “Senate Majority Whip [Dick Durbin] said as much this morning, noting that Democrats probably won’t return to BBB work until after addressing voting rights, a debate that’s likely to extend through Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
Politico reported, “Democrats had hoped the year-end expiration of the expanded child tax credit might cajole Manchin into a deal. But his concerns are far broader and would require a significant rewrite of the legislation, extending to the bill’s short-term programs and longer-term financing.”