Sen. Bernie Sanders fires off at Sen. Manchin for not wanting the Build Back Better plan!

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Sen. Bernie Sanders shot insults to Sen. Manchin after learning his stance of Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan (BBB)

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Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday stated that he couldn’t move forward with voting for Biden’s BBB plan after months of negotiations with Biden privately. 

Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, expressed his disappointment with Manchin’s decision, claiming that the West Virginia senator “doesn’t have the guts” to expand home health care, challenge the drug companies, or change the energy system to better combat climate change.

Sanders had also hoped to have “at least” 50 Democrats on board for the legislation, as no Republicans in the Senate or House have expressed support for the bill. 

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Democrats currently hold 50 seats in the Senate and will need 50 votes to approve the bill with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.

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Manchin told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that the measure, priced at $1.75 trillion, costs too much and is far above the upper limit he had set months ago. Manchin also gestured at skyrocketing inflation, measured at 6.8% in November, and the United State’s $27 trillion debt as concerns for why he hesitates to support the bill. 

Manchin also argued that Democrats were using budgeting gimmicks to make the bill seem less expressive, such as shortening the time frame of programs that are likely to last much longer. Effectively skyrocketing the actual price of the bill while making the sticker price seem more affordable. 

While Manchin took every appropriate measure to negotiate a reasonable approach towards the bill, he still decided to say no on moving forward. This is what sparked the outrage from Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying he is convinced Sen. Joe Manchin “doesn’t have the guts” to vote for the Build Back Better Act.

“If he doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world,” Sanders told Jake Tapper on Sunday during CNN’s State of the Union.

Sanders had also stated in the CNN interview that he thinks there should still be a vote on the Build Back Better bill, despite the rejection of the $1.75 trillion domestic investment plan by fellow Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, on “State of the Union” Sunday, expressed that her lack of trust in Manchin fueled her opposition to untethering the two major infrastructure bills and resulted in her “no” vote for the bipartisan legislation.

“To be clear, my lack and deficit of trust were about Senator Manchin,” she told Tapper. “He has continued to move the goal post. He has never negotiated in good faith, and he is obstructing the President’s agenda.”

Pressley had also emphasized: “We cannot allow one lone senator from West Virginia to obstruct the President’s agenda, to obstruct the people’s agenda.”

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