West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin blasted President Joe Biden’s massive spending bill during a Monday press conferences in Washington, D.C.
The appearance was intended to address Manchin’s response to the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill that had been reduced to $1.75 trillion. Manchin said the bill is still beyond what he can support, saying he’s “never seen anything like it.”
“Speaker Pelosi urged the importance of voting [on] and passing the BIF [bipartisan infrastructure framework] bill before the president took the world stage overseas, and still no action. In my view, this is not how the U.S. Congress should operate,” Manchin said.
Manchin was addressing the left’s plans to connect the passing of the spending plan with the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. Together, the two bill would still add $4 trillion in new government spending.
The West Virginia Senator said the two bills should be decided independently, a move a number of Democrats have accepted, but that progressives in the House continue to reject.
The current spending bill still includes $555 billion for green energy tax credits and investments. It also includes amnesty for at least seven million illegal immigrants.
The bill may continue to remain blocked as long as Manchin refuses to support it. With all 50 votes from Democrats needed, even one holdout can derail the entire process.