January 28, 2022

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Manchin says he ‘cannot vote’ for Democrats’ $2 trillion spending package, drawing sharp White House rebuke – The Washington Post

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Fearful that Manchin might walk away from the negotiations, liberal-leaning lawmakers in the House sought at the time to force his hand. For months, they pledged to hold up the infrastructure package, a bipartisan spending measure the moderate senator did support, to preserve the thrust of the Build Back Better Act. But most liberals ultimately loosened their grip in November, acceding to Biden’s requests to adopt the bipartisan measure to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections. Weeks later, House Democrats gave a green light to a scaled-back, roughly $2 trillion version of the Build Back Better Act, overcoming their own internal moderate revolt.

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