Manchin Confirms ‘I Can’t Get There…This is a No” on Biden’s Build Back Better Bill
The Senate has adjourned until next year without passing Biden’s expensive “Build Back Better” bill thanks to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Senator Chuck Schumer did not have the votes needed to pass the bill with Manchin holding out.
Speaking to Fox News’ Bret Baier on Sunday, Baier asked Manchin directly about his position:
Manchin: I’ve always said this, Bret. If I can’t go home and explain to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it. And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.
Baier: You’re done? This is a no?
Manchin: This is a no on this piece of legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.
The Senate has adjourned until next year.
National Review reports “Senator Manchin has said that the bill cannot exceed $1.5 trillion in size” for his support. “But the bill the House passed spends $1.95 trillion. Senator Manchin has said that he does not want to see any accounting ‘gimmicks’ underpinning the project.”
Manchin has also expressed concern that the “shell games” will “make the real cost of the so-called $1.75 trillion bill estimated to be almost twice that amount if the full time is run out.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) did an analysis which backs up Manchin’s assumptions. Manchin said “spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity.”
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Durham to testify before House Judiciary Committee
On June 20, Special Counsel John Durham will testify appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door briefing. The next day, he will testify in front of the Judiciary Committee about his 300-page reportdetailing his investigation into the FBI probe of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The news broke Friday that Durham will be testifying on the report, which found the Department of Justice and the FBI did not have “any actual evidence of collusion” between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Instead, the agencies began their Crossfire Hurricane investigation based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” the report said. “Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” Durham wrote.
The report also confirmed that the FBI did not give due consideration to the possibility that the Steele Dossier, which was used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page, was Russian disinformation.
FBI leaders displayed “serious lack of analytical rigor,” according to Durham, and they relied significantly on. “investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents,” referring to staffers and allies of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign funded the Steele dossier through its law firm Perkins Coie.
National Review reminds readers, “The dossier was created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and accused Trump and his campaign aides of collaborating with Kremlin officials.”
Durham released his report nearly four years after then-attorney general Bill Barr tasked him with investigation the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The FBI responded to the report in saying that the “conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”
“Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented,” the bureau said. “This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.”
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George D Gary
December 20, 2021 at 8:40 pm
This is great. 1st smart dem. Now hes thinking of changing from dem to independant. He should. The dems are just plain criminals.
December 21, 2021 at 8:38 pm
If our leaders do not tell the truth concerning our expenses and taxes, then the country is lost. Where is John Galt? Working on the railroad yet?
December 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm
The thing that is really screwing up the democrats is that not everyone is going along with all of their plans, regardless of how crazy they are. Manchin is throwing a wrench in their plan. He has no business being a democrat, he should switch sides and be a republican and those RINOS should become demorats.
December 22, 2021 at 12:15 pm
that last word was a misprint. I meant to say democrats.
December 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm
Good for you Joe! Take care, be well and remain steadfast with your need to do the right thing!
December 22, 2021 at 6:26 pm
If it’s one thing the Democrats can’t stand, it’s a Democrat bucking the system… A Democrat smarter than they are, that sees through their BS!
December 22, 2021 at 10:42 pm
The Dems or the Squad did not elect Senator Manchin of West By God Virginia. As with Senator Sinema we the people of Arizona elected her not the Squad
George W. Reed
December 23, 2021 at 9:20 am
Don’t trust Joe Manchin. EVER!!
I wouldn’t trust him as far as I can spit. He’s a typical democRAT and a typical politician. He wants something BIUG, and when he gets it, he’ll flip faster than a pancake at IHOP.
If he REALLY had guts, he’d walk across the aisle and caucus with the Republicans.