President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.V.) continue to discuss a proposed $1.8 trillion “build back better” bill after Manchin definitively rejected the bill earlier this month, a White House adviser has said CNN on Friday gave progressives a glimmer of hope that the senator’s swing vote could still be secured for the much-disputed social spending bill.
Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said the president is “by no means fighting for Building Back Better” and still has “some confidence” about the bill’s prospects.
Bernstein said “the day after that announcement where the senator said he could not vote for the bill as it were, [he and Biden] We’re talking again, so we have full confidence.”
Munchkin – a crucial swing vote required for the passage of the bill – has expressed concerns The bill regarding rising inflation should pass, although Bernstein said Friday that the bill would “reduce inflationary pressures” by lowering the cost of child care, education and prescription drugs.