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Build Back Better Agenda

November 2, 2021

Manchin won’t support $1.75T social spending bill without ‘greater clarity’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) said he won’t back the $1.75T Build Back Better bill without “greater clarity” on its economic impact.

“Simply put, I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact that it will have on our national debt, our economy and most importantly all of our American people,” Manchin told reporters on Monday.

The House, which had planned to vote on the social spending and climate change package this week, will not be able to pass the legislation without Manchin’s support.

The Biden administration insisted that Manchin would eventually come around to the Build Back Better bill. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Manchin “says he is prepared to support a Build Back Better plan that combats inflation, is fiscally responsible, and will create jobs. The plan the House is finalizing meets those tests.”

She added, “as a result, we remain confident that the plan will gain Senator Manchin’s support.”

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Manchin warns he may vote against Biden social safety net plan as he criticizes key aspects

October 29, 2021

Biden touts Build Back Better ‘framework’ deal that’s not yet complete

President Joe Biden declared that he and Congressional Democrats reached a “historic” breakthrough on a framework for his signature Build Back Better agenda — even though the legislation has yet to be written and faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill.

“After months of tough and thoughtful negotiations, I think we have [a] historic — I know we have a historic economic framework,” Biden said from the White House on Thursday. “Any single element of this framework would fundamentally be viewed as a fundamental change in America. Taken together, they’re truly consequential.”

Though the President presented the framework as a done deal, numerous hurdles and internal disagreements remain for Democratic lawmakers.

Biden reportedly pressed Congressional Democrats for progress on the trillion-dollar agenda before his trip to Europe, which he departed for soon after his speech concluded.

“No one got everything they wanted, including me, but that’s what compromise is,” Biden said. “I know it’s hard. I know how deeply people feel about the things that they fight for. But this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people.”

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Biden touts ‘framework’ deal that’s not yet done

September 28, 2021

Biden receives criticism for saying his $3.5 trillion plan “costs zero dollars”

President Joe Biden became the subject of criticism over a tweet claiming that his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan “costs zero dollars.”

“My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars,” the tweet read. “Instead of wasting money on tax breaks, loopholes, and tax evasion for big corporations and the wealthy, we can make a once-in-a-generation investment in working America. And it adds zero dollars to the national debt.”

However, even some supporters of the package took issue with Biden’s claim.

“I strongly support the new infrastructure plan,” political scientist Ian Bremmer tweeted. “It is not costless.”

A few members of Congress also publicly took issue with Biden’s tweet.

“This is a lie,” Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) wrote.

“Simple math for President Biden,” Rep. Claudio Tenney (R-NY) stated. “$3.5 trillion does NOT equal zero.”

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Biden team ripped as ‘economically illiterate’ for claim Build Back Better ‘costs zero dollars’

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