President Biden tried to resuscitate his terrible “Build Back Better” plan this Tuesday during his State of the Union address. But Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) quickly threw cold water on Joe Biden’s plans.
What did Joe Biden say?
Throughout his SOTU speech, Biden never explicitly used the words “Build Back Better,” but repeatedly mentioned “my plan” and gave several key measures of the Build Back Better Act that did not pass in the U.S. Senate last year.
Biden spoke about cutting the costs of prescription drugs, lowering energy costs “by fighting climate change,” cutting the costs of child care, and ensuring “corporations and the richest Americans start giving their fair share” of taxes. Biden said his “plan” will “combat inflation,” “reduce costs,” and “reduce the deficit.”
Before Biden’s speech, Politico said that Joe Biden would try to get favor with Joe Manchin to reboot the Build Back Better agenda. The media outlet said that Biden’s overture was a “last-ditch attempt at getting Joe Manchin back to the table.”
What was Manchin’s response?
As if Manchin was not clear enough — repeating himself many times for months that he was against Biden’s multitrillion-dollar spending plan — the moderate Dem confirmed after the speech that Build Back Better is still dead.
“They just cannot help themselves,” Manchin reportedly revealed when asked about Joe Biden’s comments.
“I do not know where that was from,” he said. “Nothing has changed. … There could be parts they would like to talk about. That was a bit far.”
When a reporter asked Manchin about Joe Biden’s plans to deal with inflation, he mocked the president.
“I have never found that you can reduce costs by spending more more,” Manchin quipped.
Senator Mitt Romney (RINO-Utah), who was walking along with Manchin at the time, then stated, “You can’t say it any better than that!”
Manchin sat down with Republicans during Joe Biden’s speech. His spokesman later stated Manchin’s decision was a move of bipartisanship.
“Senator Manchin sat with Senator Romney to remind Americans and the world that bipartisanship is alive in the Senate,” said spokesperson Sam Runyon.