Biden – Democrats’ squabbles – “No” senator on social reform


US President Joe Biden has received an unexpected blow after the announcement of the Democratic senator Joe Manchin that he does not approve the giant program of social reforms promoted by the White House.

Manchin considers the plan to be particularly costly in a period of inflation. But the balance in the Senate is very delicate and the vote in favor of Biden’s plan hangs in the balance.

“I can not go any further,” the West Virginia senator, who has been one of the biggest obstacles to this social and environmental reform program for weeks, told Fox that he could not vote because of the increase. prices and the size of the debt.

Condemnation from the White House

The White House immediately condemned Mancin for voting against the bill, calling it a “sudden and inexplicable overthrow” amid ongoing negotiations.

“The fight for Build Back Better is very important for us to give up. “We will find a way forward next year,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, adding that the White House would continue to work to persuade him to vote in favor of the plan.

The $ 1.750 billion “Build Back Better” plan envisions mostly kindergartens for all, tax breaks for American households, and significant investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The approval of the plan in the Senate was postponed

After a first vote in the House of Representatives in November, where Democrats had overcome their internal differences between the center-left, which was worried about the effects on the debt, and the left wing, which wanted to go further in spending, its approval in the Senate was postponed. the last days.

The Senate is divided, with 50 senators for each camp. Therefore, every Democrat or member actually has what looks like a veto on any bill if Republicans rally.

Senator Mancin’s remarks “contradict this week’s discussions with the president, White House staff and his own public statements,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a lengthy press release. the frustration was obvious.

“If his comments on the Fox network and his press release show the end of these efforts (to reach an agreement), then they represent a sudden and unexplained reversal of his position and a breach of his commitments to the president.” added Psaki.  

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