Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks to a caucus lunch at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 17, 2021. Manchin said Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 that he cannot back a $2 trillion social safety net bill, dealing a potentially fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s signature legislation. Sen. Joe Manchin told colleagues he believes Americans will abuse benefits in Biden’s spending package.
Manchin thinks parents will use child tax credit funds to buy drugs, the Huffington Post reported.
The West Virginia senator officially killed off any chance of the bill passing in its current form.
Sen. Joe Manchin privately told his Senate colleagues that he believes Americans will abuse government benefits, like the extended child tax credit and paid leave, in President Joe Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion spending package, the Huffington Post reports.
Specifically, Manchin argued that parents will use child tax credit money to buy drugs and that workers will abuse the paid family leave program in the legislation to get out of work and go on hunting trips, unnamed sources familiar with his remarks told the Huffington Post.
The US Senate left town early Saturday morning without voting on the nearly $2 trillion spending package, known as the Build Back Better agenda, after unsuccessful negotiations between the White House and Manchin over the bill. And the West Virginia Democrat, a key swing vote in a Senate evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, officially killed any chance of the legislation passing the US Senate in its current form on Sunday.
"If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia I can’t vote for it," Manchin told Fox News in a Sunday interview. "I’ve tried everything humanly possible, I can’t get there. This is a no."
In a subsequent statement, Manchin cited concerns about the bill adding to the national debt, worsening inflation, and reducing the US’ reliance on fossil fuels and coal "faster than technology or the markets allow."
"My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face," Manchin said. "I cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores and utility bills with no end in sight."