Since the election victory of now President Joe Biden, the far-left has been gleefully tweeting and hitting the news-speaking circuit bragging about all the social engineering that would take place under the new president.
With the Democrats enjoying small majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, it appeared the U.S. was slipping into Marxism without any way to slow the train.
Throughout the summer and fall progressive Democrats, most notably the Squad, held up the passage of the infrastructure bill, demanding they would only join the majority if the 3.5T Build Back Better (BBB) bill was passed at the same time.
Hoping to get both bills passed, congress eventually passed the first bill, infrastructure, with the Democratic leadership aggressively pressuring their party’s 50 Senators to pass the BBB before the Christmas break.
Democrats have hoped to use budgetary reconciliation to pass the legislation, as that would allow them to pass the bill using a simple majority in Congress’s upper chamber. However, since Democrats only have a one-member majority, it would require the approval of two swing votes, Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
Well to the dismay of the Democratic party overall, the White House, and even Hollywood, one in their own ranks just sank the BBB.
Senator Joe Manchin, (D-W.V) said on Sunday he cannot back his party’s signature $2 trillion social and environment bill, dealing a potentially fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats’ narrow hold on Congress was already in peril.
The West Virginia senator cited a multitude of factors weighing on the economy and the potential harm he saw from pushing through the “mammoth” bill, such as persistent inflation, growing debt, and the latest threat from the omicron variant.
“When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now, I’ve always said this … if I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” he said.
“I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t do it,” he said. “This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”
Manchin’s decision is similar to the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz), infamous thumb down vote that killed former President Donald Trump’s 2017 effort to repeal the health care law enacted under President Barack Obama.
A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office earlier this month said that if many of the bill’s temporary spending boosts and tax cuts were made permanent, it would add $3 trillion to the price tag. That would more than double its 10-year cost to around $5 trillion.
Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., criticized Manchin for withdrawing his support and urged Democratic leaders to bring the bill to the floor anyway and force Manchin to oppose it.
"If he doesn't have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world." Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin saying "no" to Biden's Build Back Better Act. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/oEQaD19tAd
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 19, 2021
“If he doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world, “ Sanders told CNN’s ”State of the Union.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley also weighed in.
“To be clear, my lack and deficit of trust was about Senator Manchin,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., told CNN. “He has continued to move the goal post. He has never negotiated in good faith, and he is obstructing the president’s agenda.”
.@AyannaPressley responding now to the Manchin development on CNN,
“To be clear my lack and deficit of trust was about Senator Manchin. He has continued to move the goal post. He has never negotiated in good faith and he is obstructing the President’s agenda.”
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) December 19, 2021
Even an NFL Chicago Bears outside linebacker through in a brief objection.
Joe Manchin is actively working against the Democratic Party. This is insane
— Charles Snowden III (@csnoww3) December 19, 2021
All I can say from a conservative independent’s point of view, thank you, Senator Joe Manchin, for putting our nation ahead of your political party.