Biden insists he and Manchin will ‘get something done’ after Build Back Better setback – CNN

“Some people think maybe I’m not Irish because I don’t hold a grudge. But I want to get things done,” said Biden, when asked whether the West Virginia Democrat broke a commitment to him. “I still think there’s a possibility of getting Build Back Better done.”
The President also told reporters he had been “told (Manchin) was speaking to the liberal caucus in the House and said, ‘Joe Biden didn’t mislead you, I misled you.'” It was unclear what meeting Biden was referring to.
Later Tuesday, the White House attempted to clean up that comment.
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“The President was underlining that constructive and respectful conversations are happening in good faith between himself, Senator Manchin, and other lawmakers. However, the President wanted to clarify that Senator Manchin did not characterize himself as having been ‘misleading,'” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement Tuesday evening. “The President looks forward to continuing to work together with Senator Manchin and his colleagues in the Senate and House to address shared priorities based on common values.”
CNN has reached out to Manchin’s office for comment on Biden’s remarks.
Manchin told the Senate Democratic Caucus in a Tuesday night call that he’s been consistent for the past five months, saying inflation is a problem and noting he has been raising geopolitical concerns as well. He said they need tax reform to force the rich to pay more, according to a source briefed on the call.
Another source briefed on the call said the senator told the caucus: “Inflation is a serious issue. These programs will cost more than they are saying. I can’t add to the debt.” The source added that Democrats spoke up and took issue with Manchin’s characterizations.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated to the caucus that he still wants to have a vote on the Build Back Better plan in the new year, according to a source briefed on the matter.
Democrats in the ongoing call expressed their desire to get a bill passed and aired their concerns about the possibility of the process getting derailed, the source said.
Manchin announced Sunday that he could not support Biden’s Build Back Better plan, a sweeping economic and climate bill that required his support in order for it to pass in the Senate, where Democrats have an ultra-slim majority. “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,” he told Fox News. “This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”
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The move stoked widespread outrage among progressives, many of whom questioned his allegiance to the party and wondered if he might drop his affiliation after he thwarted one of Democrats’ major legislative priorities.
Manchin also indicated on Monday that he would not quickly get behind a scaled-back version of the plan, arguing that it should instead go through the committee process before trying to move it through the Senate via the filibuster-proof reconciliation process. That position foreshadows grim prospects for Biden’s hopes of getting even a narrow plan through Congress.
Still, the President insisted Tuesday there’s a path forward for the legislation as he touted it as an important tool to fight rising inflation and address the cost of medicine.
“I’m not joking about this. Imagine being a parent looking at a child, and you can’t afford — you have no house to borrow against, you have no savings. It’s wrong. But all the things in that bill are going to reduce prices and costs for middle class and working class people. It’s going to reduce their costs,” he said.
This story has been updated with additional information Tuesday.

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