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According to reports by Axios, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is set to hold a vote on President Biden’s Build Back Better Act while Democrat leaders try to win over critical holdout Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
Attending a Senate leadership meeting on Monday night (Jan. 3rd) and a weekly caucus lunch on Tuesday, Manchin, who publicly voiced his opposition to the BBB plan, will be meeting with all Senate Democrats. It also reported that emerging from these meetings, Schumer will have decided whether to hold a vote on the bill in the following session.
Manchin first announced his opposition on Fox News on December 19th due to provisions in the act that were “absolutely inexcusable.”
However, it seems as though Democratic leaders have renewed hope that the Build Back Better Act could pass the Senate after recent reporting reveals Manchin is open to negotiation.
According to Axios, a senior Senate Democratic aide revealed that Manchin had “time to cool off,” which could give the BBB act new hope.
But before agreeing to the Build Back Better bill, Manchin has revealed he believed the bill would need to go through a committee to be successful. Saying he wouldn’t “go down everything you want to do, major policy changes and reconciliation,” before adding the Bill “needs to go through a process.”