On Monday, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer told colleagues that Democratic leaders would keep working on the Build Back Better spending plan of the U.S. President until they get something done. The announcement came one day after Joe Manchin of West Virginia drew allegations of betrayal from the White House and seemed to leave Biden’s agenda dead in the water.
Schumer wrote in a letter to his comrades that they are going to vote in favor of a reviewed version of the House-approved $1.9 trillion bill. He also put Democratic senators on notice that they will consider the voting rights bill as early as the first week back next month, a timeline for another part of the president’s agenda, and an olive branch to dissatisfied left-wingers.
.@SenSchumer says Senate will vote on “a revised version” of the House Build Back Better Act “very early in the new year” so every member can “make their position known on the Senate floor, not just on television.”
“…and we will keep voting on it until we get something done.” pic.twitter.com/ON2zBKenQ9
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 20, 2021
As the Democratic leaders in Congress and the White House sought accommodation with Manchin due to which Build back Better delayed. Fellow mainstream Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, top votes in a Senate split fifty-fifty and controlled by Kamala Harris, the U.S. Vice President. Manchin mentioned the cost of the Build Back Better and concerns including inflation, the debt, and the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The White House Responded with a Fierce Rebuke
The White House responded with a strong reproach, blaming the senator for going back on his word – an allegation reportedly included at the insistence of the president. Furthermore, Manchin said that Democrats are in a fifty-fifty Senate; you all consider the bill like there are fifty-five or sixty Democratic leaders for months.
On Monday, Schumer said that the move of the West Virginia’s senator wouldn’t deter them from continuing to try to find a way forward. Listing necessities including a child tax credit, Democrats elected to address these several needs, and they will not stop battling until they do. On Monday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that she wouldn’t relitigate the announcement of Manchin to oppose the bill.