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Cori Bush Says Manchin Opposition to Build Back Better Spending Bill Is ‘Anti-black’

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks during a news conference to advocate for ending the Senate filibuster, outside the U.S. Capitol on April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. With the Senate filibuster rules in place, legislative bills require 60 votes to end debate and advance, rather than a simple majority in the 100 member Senate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Representative Cori Bush recently said that Senator Joe Manchin is anti-women, anti-black people, anti-immigrant, and anti-children. This was after Manchin declined to endorse President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act.

Before adopting Biden’s social spending proposal on Monday, Manchin accused his Democratic colleagues of playing a “shell game.” He said they need more time to discuss the issue.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 28: Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks to reporters as she leaves a meeting with Progressive House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill October 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden met with House Democrats on Thursday morning to try and secure a vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill and discuss his multi-trillion social policy spending bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bush Says Manchin is Discriminatory for Not Supporting The Build Back Better Bill

In a statement obtained by Axios Hill reporter Andrew Solender, Bush said Manchin does not have the authority to decide the destiny of our country. Bush went on to say that she doesn’t believe his evaluation of what the communities really need. Bush called Joe Manchin anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant for not supporting the Build Back Better Act.

Cori Bush noted that lawmakers are debating a measure that will assist Black, brown, and Indigenous communities when it comes to transformational change. Bush also stated that ethnic minority groups are “overwhelmingly excluded” from a second package, the bipartisan infrastructure pact. She asked her colleagues not to “leave anyone behind.”

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Manchin’s unwillingness to back the social package has likewise enraged Democratic colleagues. His decision, according to reports, jeopardized the House’s plans to vote on the deal this week.

Manchin Has Yet To Sign Bill

Fox News said Manchin, who Bush urged to “support the Build Back Better Act,” has yet to sign the measure. The bill calls for $1.75 trillion in spending over ten years. Newsweek said the dimming expectations of rapidly passing what had already been compromised bill on a measure has an original price tag of $3.5 trillion.

According to The Hill, the West Virginia senator expressed reservations about “hurting American families” who are “suffering” from inflation. If the suggested initiatives are extended, he noted that the package might cost “twice as high” as projected. He said he would not vote for the proposal until he had a better knowledge of the plan’s “effect on our national debt.”

Negotiations on the two bills have dragged on for months, with Biden’s favor rating plummeting and an increasing number of Democrats expressing displeasure that two Senate centrists — Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — are obstructing the vote.

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