Joe Biden has been seemingly ignoring America’s many crises, to focus on one thing. His “Build Back Better” spending bill. It seems old Joe thinks he can right his sinking ship, if he just gets this bloated, incredibly expensive, spending bill through. But, although it was passed in Pelosi’s House, he has been unable to make it work in the Senate.
Because Republicans refuse to even negotiate on this bill, Biden needed every last Senate Democrat to force it through. Several key moderates have refused to sign off on this plan. Recently, talks with one of these Democrats—Joe Manchin—crashed and burned. Now a top Republican is predicting this bill’s destiny.
From Fox News:
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-S.C.: I think Build Back Better is dead forever and let me tell you why: Because Joe Manchin has said he’s not going to vote for a bill that will add to the deficit. Well, if you do away with the budget gimmicks, Build Back Better, according to the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] adds $3 trillion to the deficit.
While speaking about Joe Biden’s stalled negotiations with Sen. Manchin, Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted the spending bill is “dead forever.” The big reason is the stand Manchin is taking on the bill. He refuses to let it add to the deficit. But if we pull back the “gimmicks” in the bill, we see it will add almost $3 trillion to our national debt.
Manchin had previously asked Democrats to help him par down Biden’s spending bill, so it wouldn’t cost so much. It seems that request fell on deaf ears, as Schumer scrambled to force this bill through by the end of the year. But the fallout between Biden and Manchin means nothing will get done before 2022.
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And it is even less likely they will get anything through next year.
Manchin’s complaints won’t magically go away because it’ll be 2022. On top of that, Democrats will have a big problem looming, the 2022 midterms. Can Democrats spend time fighting over a spending bill, when they need to focus on their reelection campaigns?
Graham is echoing what many are thinking. If Joe Biden can’t win over Manchin and other moderates, this bill will not go through. His signature promise will crash and burn—and he will be forced to actually listen to Americans and take our concerns seriously.