WATCH: Here's the Moment Joe Manchin Officially Killed 'Build Back Better'

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We’ve been indicating that the Build Back Better bill was likely dead once the CBO numbers came in indicating how much it truly was going to cost — that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) wasn’t going to stand for it.


Right down the line, Manchin had indicated that his chief concern was the huge price tag on the bill, which the Biden team initially claimed was $3.5 trillion. They then cut that down to about $1.8 trillion with some sleight-of-hand tricks on the social programs and not counting what they would cost over 10 years. But the CBO score revealed that if you looked at the real cost, it would be $5 trillion.

Manchin’s response was that was “very sobering” and it was clear he wasn’t going for it. So the Democrats realized they didn’t have the votes and put it off, talking about perhaps looking at a vote on it in March, likely hoping they could find a way to convince Manchin and/or to blunt the likely death of the bill.

But then Joe Biden did something that upset Manchin. While Biden admitted that the negotiations were probably going to go into the next year, he claimed that Manchin had “reiterated support” for the framework’s funding level that they had discussed in September and that there would be more talks. But Manchin had never agreed to numbers with Biden — Biden’s statement was just a straight-up lie. That became very obvious from Manchin’s response.


In Manchin’s response, you could see how Manchin disputes it. “The president put out a statement. It’s his statement, not mine,” Manchin said. As I noted, “That’s probably as close as Manchin will politely come to calling Joe Biden a liar. It also is a comment as to where they are at this point — which is not anywhere close to an agreement.”

But Biden may have put the stake in his bill with that. It appears that after Biden’s lie, now Manchin has had enough. He officially announced today that he’s done and he will not be voting for the bill.

Manchin told “Fox News Sunday” that he’d always had reservations which he has enunciated: “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.”

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, a 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.”


That’s it, folks. It’s now officially dead. And while Joe Manchin is ending the madness, in truth, it’s due to Joe Biden’s lies. Manchin just couldn’t continue with it. And he announced it on Fox News for the final coup de grace, which is going to make folks on the left melt down, as well.


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