Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) can vote however he wants regarding the Build Back Better Act regardless of his party or constituents. What separates him from other politicians on the left and right is his ability to stand by his members and vote for what he feels is better for them. Manchin says that if he can’t explain it to the people of West Virginia, then he can’t vote for it.
Manchin continued with, “I can’t vote for, and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.”
The massive bill is even more massive on paper. Given that there are thousands of pages of legislation that any citizen can go through, it is interesting that there hasn’t been outrage from some of the inclusions in the bill.
There are several problems with Build Back Better.
People’s Policy Project reported, “If we increase the salary cost from the CAP estimate above by 138 percent, the unsubsidized price of child care goes from $15,888 per year to $28,970, an increase of $13,082 per year.” It poses a problem for the country because that would negatively impact the low, middle, and upper-class citizens equally.
The Build Back Better Act also doesn’t have a price tag. That means whatever President Joe Biden says is the price, which he’s constantly said it’s $0, isn’t true. Any bill that’s not honest shouldn’t be passed.
Are Americans for parts of the bill? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean it should all be passed.
Bernie Sanders (D-VT) isn’t happy about Manchin’s decision.
Sanders said, “If Senator Joe Manchin wishes to vote against the Build Back Better Act, he should be able to do so in a floor vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes. He should have to explain to West Virginians and Americans why he is afraid to stand up to big special interests and cut prescription drug costs.”
Here’s the thing. Lowering drug costs is an important issue. Vote on it as a singular bill. It can’t be hidden within other garbage policies and signed into legislation just because it’s popular and just because it’s suitable for the American people.
If Sanders was so concerned about lowering prescription drug prices, wouldn’t he be louder about H.R. 3: Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act? There hasn’t been any action on this bill since September 8, 2020.
Sure, Sanders said, “I understand that the pharmaceutical industry owns the Republican party and that no Republican voted for this bill, but there is no excuse for every Democrat not supporting it,” but seriously, Bernie, get your act together.
There are problems with that bill, though. It would lead to fewer drugs being created by pharmaceutical companies. That may be good or bad as we move forward, but it would substantially affect the creation over the next three decades.
Plus, Sanders pocketed roughly $1.1 million from Big Pharma in the 2020 election so, Sanders could save the ethics speech.
Sanders also noted that Manchin voted for the Defense Budget, but there’s no actual standing there. Americans need a large defense budget as Russia and China are possibly waging war with neighboring companies.