Biden says ‘there’s a possibility’ Build Back Better can still pass
President Biden on Tuesday said he thinks there is still a possibility that his Build Back Better agenda can get done, despite Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) opposition to the climate and social spending bill.
“I want to get things done. I still think there’s a possibility of getting build Back Better done,” he told reporters on Tuesday following his remarks on COVID-19 at the White House.
Biden said that, despite his Irish descent, he doesn’t “hold a grudge” when asked if his relationship with Manchin can be saved following the senator’s bombshell Fox News interview on Sunday.
“Sen. Manchin and I are going to get something done,” he said when asked if Manchin broke his commitment to him.
Manchin didn’t criticize Biden during an interview Monday but said he was at his “wits’ end” after he suggested White House staff had leaked negative information about him.
The White House issued a strong statement about Manchin following his comments on Sunday, saying that his comments “represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues.”
Biden and Manchin reportedly spoke on Sunday night after the blowup.
On Tuesday, Biden moved on from talking about Manchin to tout his Build Back Better agenda. The president angrily yelled at the podium about parents who work minimum-wage jobs and are in need of expensive prescription drugs for their children.
“Not only do you put the kid’s life at stake; you strip away all the dignity of a parent looking at their child. I’m not joking about this,” he said, raising his voice to reporters.
“Imagine being a parent. Looking at a child and you can’t afford. You have no house to borrow against. You have no savings. It’s wrong,” he said. “All the things in that bill are going to reduce prices and costs for middle-class and working-class people.”
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