The “Build Back Better” agenda, put forth by President Joseph Biden, looks dead for this year anyway. Senator Joe Manchin has come out against it’s passage, and it is significant as he is one of two senators that so far has refused to vote to allow the Senate to jettison the filibuster, where a 50-50 vote allows the Vice President to break the tie in favor of the Democrats. Eliminating the filibuster was their only chance to get the Build Back Better agenda passed.
But there are just to many hurdles in the was at this time for Senator Manchin. While he is a Democrat, he represents a state that voted 68% for Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 election. For him to vote with the Democrats on the most extreme leftist bills in United States history would essentially be going against at least two-thirds of his state, and last I know senators represent their state, not their party. And the Administration, however, is playing politics as Joe Biden’s staff put out false information on Joe Manchin, which only added to his own resolve at defying the Democrat leadership. So for now, it seems this bill is dead, and won’t be brought before the full Senate, at least not until Congress returns from the new year.