The “Build Back Better” substitute bill Sen. Joe Manchin had announced with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last week has backfired, and the senator is currently feeling the heat for this decision.
Last week, the senator announced after a whole year of negotiations among democrats that he had finally reached an agreement with Schumer on a reconciliation bill as he had previously refused to support their “Build Back Better” bill.
After facing severe backlash, he suddenly became defensive about the backroom tax and spending climate bill he had proposed. This bill, officially dubbed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” was a revised version of the “Build Back Better” bill he had previously refused to support as he argued it cost too much.
He had said, “For too long, the reconciliation debate in Washington has been defined by how it can help advance Democrats’ political agenda called ‘Build Back Better.’ Build Back Better is dead, and instead, we have the opportunity to make our country stronger by bringing Americans together.“
“I now propose and will vote for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Rather than risking more inflation with trillions in new spending, this bill will cut the inflation taxes Americans are paying, lower the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, and ensure our country invests in the energy security and climate change solutions,” he added as he proposed his pared back version of the bill. Read more