Manchin announced on “Fox News Sunday” he was a firm “no” on the president’s massive social spending package, after having done all he could to warm up to it. Rising inflation, the national debt, and the raging COVID-19 pandemic, among other concerns, helped him make up his mind, he said. His decision drew fire from both progressive politicians and liberal media pundits.
Ocasio-Cortez called it an “egregious breach of the trust of the president” on Monday’s “Morning Joe.” Democrats, she said, have “every right to be furious with Joe Manchin,” particularly after they had negotiated with him and scaled down some progressive provisions in the $ 1.75-trillion bill. She declared the legislation had turned into the “Joe Manchin Build Back Better Bill.”