Build Back Better Act Rejected
On December 16, the Senate parliamentarian once again rejected the Democrat’s proposal to provide amnesty to 6.5 million immigrants.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York stated his disapproval of the parliamentarian’s decision. And assures that Democrats will pursue a path to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act.
However, the parliamentarian’s decision has left Democrat’s bill stalled for the moment.
President Joe Biden addressed the decision in a lengthy statement saying “I believe that we will bridge our differences and advance the Build Back Better plan, even in the fence of fierce Republican opposition”.
Biden also added that lawmakers will probably continue to work on the Bill over the weeks and months. Meaning the bill, if passed, will become law until 2022.
Despite the bill having much Republican opposition, Democrats are hopeful that the bill will be enacted into law.
At the same time, the Biden agenda got another blow when Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia stated he will not support the Build Back Better Act. As well as the $1.75 trillion economic and climate package that is supposed to be passed before Christmas.
Manchin said, “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.”
Some Democrats in the Senate, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, want to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote to force Manchin to put his “no” vote on the record.
Besides immigration, the bill proposes to support families from birth to death, with expanded child care assistance, universal preschool, and help for people caring for aging family members.
At the same time, the president and other Democrats are trying to reconcile with Senator Manchin to solidify the 50 Democratic votes they need in the Senate to pass legislation on the Biden agenda.
Vice President Kamala Harris was asked by CBS News what is next on the agenda despite Manchin’s opposition.
“You don’t give up,” Harris said. “That’s how we do it. We don’t give up. That’s how.”
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