Most voters believe Biden and the Democrats have accomplished LESS than expected after Manchin killed the $1.8T Build Back Better Bill, a dire poll to end 2021 finds
Most voters think that President Joe Biden and Democrats have accomplished less than expected in their year in power, a new poll found.
The poll, conducted by Morning Consult and Politico, found that 42% of registered voters believe President Biden has accomplished less than expected while 41% think congressional Democrats have accomplished less than they expected.
In contrast, 11% think President Biden accomplished more than expected and 10% think that of Democrats on Capitol Hill. And 38% said Biden was right about where they expected him while 32% said that of Democrats.
The poll came as Senator Joe Manchin effectively killed Biden’s signature Build Back Better legislation, saying on Sunday he was a ‘no’ vote. In the 50-50 Senate, Biden needs every Democratic vote for his $1.75 trillion package of social safety net programs.
Biden and his Democrats did rack up two major legislative victories: They passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in March and a $1.1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package last month.
Most voters think that President Joe Biden and Democrats have accomplished less than expected in their year in power, a new poll found
Meanwhile Biden insisted on Tuesday that he and Manchin would ‘get something done’ on his Build Back Better bill, but he didn’t go into details and insisted he didn’t hold a grudge against the West Virginia senator for sounding the death knell to his signature legislation.
‘Senator Manchin and I are going to get something done,’ Biden said on Tuesday at the White House after his remarks on the Omicron variant and the COVID pandemic.
‘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.’
Manchin, in a shocking announcement on Fox News Sunday, said he was a ‘no’ on Biden’s social safety net legislation, leading to an uproar of the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill, some of whom accused the senator of betraying them.
Biden also indicated Manchin took fault for what happened.
The president said that 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. The White House later clarified Biden’s remarks.
‘The President was underlining that constructive and respectful conversations are happening in good faith between himself, Senator Manchin, and other lawmakers,’ said spokesman Andrew Bates.
‘However, the President wanted to clarify that Senator Manchin did not characterize himself as having been ‘misleading.’ 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,’ he added.
Manchin did call Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chairwoman of the House Progressive Caucus, on Monday morning, where she claims she laid into him.
‘I do believe the president when he said to us, and to me personally, that he got a commitment from Senator Manchin or [Manchin] would have to go back on his word,’ Jayapal told reporters on Monday afternoon.
‘And obviously yesterday, the senator took the latter path and went back on this word. That lack of integrity is stunning in a town where people say the only thing that you have is your word.’
She added she said essentially the same to the West Virginia senator when he called her.
‘There is nothing I have said here that I didn’t say to him,’ Jayapal said. ‘And you will remember that I have not said anything against him all these months, because I believed he was negotiating in good faith.’
President Joe Biden insisted that he and Joe Manchin would ‘get something done’ on his Build Back Better bill
President Biden said he does not hold a grudge against Senator Joe Manchin (above)
Biden, meanwhile, on Tuesday launched an impassioned defense of his $1.75 trillion package of education, health and climate programs.
He said it would help the economy and drive down inflation.
‘All the talk about how my Build Back Better plan was going to increase inflation causing debts and the like. What happened? Goldman Sachs and others said if we don’t pass Build Back Better, we’re in trouble because it’s going to grow the economy without it,’ he said. ‘And what happened? Stock prices went way down.’
He said his plan would help bring down the costs for the working class and middle class, helping with childcare costs and prescription drug costs.
‘I’m not joking about this,’ he said.
‘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. What’s inflation? Having to pay more than the money you have because things have gone up. Well it bring down all those costs across the board,’ he said.
Manchin said one of the reasons he couldn’t support Biden’s bill is he was worried about inflation.
Biden’s hopeful words on his legislation came a day after White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered a dramatic change in tone when speaking about Manchin, calling him a ‘longtime friend’ of Biden’s and saying the administration is ready to ‘work like hell’ to pass the president’s signature legislation.
Her friendly words were a 180 from 24 hours earlier when Psaki slammed Manchin following his shocking announcement on Fox News Sunday that he would not vote for Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better legislation. Psaki essentially called Manchin a liar who had betrayed the White House in a statement on Sunday afternoon.
But on Monday she said the president and his team were moving forward and
‘I think Senator Manchin had a strong statement yesterday and we had a strong statement as well. And we’re ready to move forward and get this done and work like hell to do that with Senator Manchin with members of the Democratic caucus across the Democratic Party, and that’s our focus,’ Psaki said at the daily White House press briefing.
She called her harsh Sunday statement a ‘statement of facts of the events of what happened over the last few weeks. And it was simply an effort to make that clear to the American people.’
President Biden sees the West Virginia senator as a ‘longtime friend,’ she said. ‘He considers Senator Manchin a longtime friend and our focus is on moving forward and getting this done.’
She declined to say if Biden and Manchin have spoken since.
The two men spoke Sunday night, Politico reported, and their talk ended with the sense that negotiations would resume in January.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday offered a dramatic change in tone when speaking about Senator Joe Manchin
Manchin did not inform Biden of his decision to vote no.
Less than 30 minutes before his announcement, one of his aides was told to give the White House and congressional leadership a heads up, Politico’s Playbook reported.
‘We tried to head him off,’ a senior White House official said, claiming Manchin ‘refused to take a call from White House staff’ before the interview.
Manchin was also said to be furious at a Thursday statement from the White House where Biden conceded his legislation was stalled in the Senate and named Manchin three times.
He hinted at his fury when reporters on Capitol Hill asked if he agreed with the statement.
‘That was his statement,’ he said Thursday of Biden.
The senator was given a head’s up by the White House on the statement and that his name would be in it. But he asked he not be called out because of the continual harassment he and his family have been receiving from protesters, Politico reported.
But the statement went out with his name in it. Manchin snapped at White House aides and told them that he was done negotiating, which the administration interpreted as talks would resume in the New Year. Instead of Manchin went on Fox News and announced his no vote.
Psaki also wouldn’t comment on reports that Manchin made the administration a counter offer on Biden’s legislation. ‘I’m just not going to assess or give you an update on specifics from here,’ she said.
Manchin reportedly told the White House he could support a $1.8 trillion package that included universal pre-kindergarten for 10 years, an expansion of Obamacare and hundreds of billions of dollars to combat climate change, The Washington Post reported.
But Manchin could not support an extension of the expanded child tax credit, which Biden and many Democrats support, seeing it as a way to raise children out of poverty.
The Huffington Post reported that Manchin told several of his fellow Democrats that he thought parents would waste the money on drugs instead, citing two sources familiar with the senator’s comments.
Manchin’s Communications Director Sam Runyon told DailyMail.com that the senator supports the child tax credit.
‘Senator Manchin has made clear he supports the child tax credit and believes the money should be targeted to those who need it most. He has also expressed support for a paid leave program that has a dedicated, sustainable funding mechanism,’ Runyon said. He did not address the allegations in the Huffington Post report.
Meanwhile Manchin tore into White House staff and his fellow Democrats on Monday, blaming them for his decision not to support Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.
He accused Democrats of badgering him and beating ‘the living crap’ out of him as they tried to get his vote. And he said White House staff know the ‘real reason’ he said he wouldn’t vote for Biden’s $1.75 trillion package of social safety net programs.
‘They know the real reason what happened. They won’t tell you, and I’m not going to,’ Manchin told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval about Biden’s staff.
Psaki, in her press briefing, didn’t offer her thoughts on what Manchin meant in his comments about White House staff, saying the senator should answer that.
In the radio interview, the senator from West Virginia was careful not to blame President Biden, who had spoken personally to Manchin several times last week. But his strong words about Biden’s staff indicate relations are not good between him and the White House.
‘It’s not the president,’ Manchin said. ‘It’s the staff. And they drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is. And that’s it.’
He said he was at his ‘wit’s end’ but he didn’t specify what exactly drove him to that point.
Manchin also had tough words for Democratic leaders. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi had personally negotiated with him.
‘They figured surely to God we can move one person. Sure that we can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protestors to make that person uncomfortable enough they’ll just say ‘okay i’ll vote for anything’ just quit,’ he said, referencing protesters who swarmed his houseboat on the Potomac River and waited for him outside the Capitol building.
‘I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from and they can’t just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive. Period,’ he added.