Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said Sunday that he will vote against President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act despite months of negotiations with Democratic leadership. Manchin may have just single-handedly saved America from financial ruin by putting the brakes on a bill that many have called disastrous from the onset.
The moderate senator told host Brett Baier on “Fox News Sunday” that he had been engaged in talks with the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) but that they failed to reach an agreement.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible,” Manchin said of negotiations before noting that inflation, the national debt, “geopolitical unrest” and the COVID-19 pandemic was too much for him to vote in the bill’s favor.
“When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now … I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” he said, pointing out that, if he cannot explain to his constituents his rationale behind voting for a bill, then he cannot vote for it.
Asked by Baier to confirm that he is a “no” vote on the bill, Manchin said, “This is a no on this legislation.”