Much to the dismay of the president and many of his Democratic allies, Joe Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” social spending bill has been shelved in the Senate due to an impasse over the cost, meaning there’s no chance it will be passed before the end of 2021.
Now, at least one Republican lawmaker believes the Biden-backed legislative package could be “dead forever.”
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) pointed to his Democrat West Virginia colleague Joe Manchin’s seemingly unmovable opposition to the measure’s exorbitant price tag as proof positive.
“I think Build Back Better is dead forever,” Graham said Wednesday, “and let me tell you why: Because Joe Manchin has said he’s not going to vote for a bill that will add to the deficit.”
Manchin saves the day on Build Back Better
Speaking Wednesday, Graham cited a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that revealed Biden’s Build Back Better plan would add trillions to the federal deficit.
“If you do away with the budget gimmicks, Build Back Better…adds $3 trillion to the deficit,” Graham said, according to Fox.
The senator was referring to provisions in the bill that Democrats have designed to expire after a few years — a move that keeps initial costs low but that opens the door to additional spending down the line.
“[Manchin] doesn’t want to vote for a bill that makes inflation worse,” Graham told Hannity.
“It’s dead forever”
Graham also mentioned during his talk with the Fox host a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would prohibit federal funding for child care — a central component of the bill — from going to religious institutions.
“So, if you’ve got a child in a religious institution providing child care, you will not be eligible for money from the government because that child goes to a religious institution,” Graham explained, according to The Daily Wire.
“It [also] increases the wages of child care providers, to the point that the average family will have to spend $13,000 more because this is a federal takeover of child care, it’s declaring war on religious institutions, it’s $5 trillion dollars, not $1.75,” the senator added.
He went on: “It’s an inflation bomb, and at the end of the day, Joe Manchin has promised the people of West Virginia, ‘I will not vote for a bill that adds to the deficit that’s full of gimmicks,’ so I think it’s dead forever.” For the good of all Americans — present and future — we can only hope he’s right.