Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) went nuclear on a reporter who questioned him on his stance on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Act.
According to The Hill, the West Virginia Democrat was confronted by journalists Wednesday who pressed him on a report that claimed he wants to cut a proposed child tax credit out of the massive bill.
“This is bull****. You’re bull****,” Manchin reportedly yelled at HuffPost’s Arthur Delaney.
“I’m not negotiating with any of you”
Manchin made clear Wednesday that he’s “not opposed to child tax credit.”
“I’ve never been opposed to child tax credit,” he said, according to The Hill.
The senator went on to rip members of the media for allegedly misleading the public with regard to ongoing negotiations on the legislative package between himself, representing more moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill, and the Biden administration.
“Guys, I’m not negotiating with any of you all,” Manchin told journalists. “You can ask all the questions you want. Guys, let me go.”
According to The Hill, it was when Delaney pushed Manchin on whether he would support the continuance of $300 per month payments to families with young kids that the senator lashed out with profanities. “God almighty,” he muttered under his breath as he walked away, reports claimed.
“The senator wants what we want”
In the meantime, the pressure is mounting for Democrats to pass Biden’s Build Back Better Act as their self-imposed Christmas deadline draws near.
Although the bill has already made it through the House of Representatives, it has stalled in the Senate, at least in part due to Manchin’s refusal to outright support it. Given the 50–50 split in the Senate, all Senate Democrats need to be on board for the measure to be passed even using reconciliation, which requires only a simple majority.
Despite being pressured by others in his caucus to schedule a vote on the Build Back Better Act, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has refused to do so over concerns that Manchin might upend the bill. The Biden White House has reportedly been in direct talks with Manchin in hopes of reaching a compromise.
“We believe the senator wants what we want, which is to deliver for the American people,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday, according to Breitbart.