Dec 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden: "Sen. Manchin and I are going to get something done"

Photo of Joe Biden on the left and Joe Manchin on the right

President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin. Photos: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg (left) and Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

President Biden said Tuesday that he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) "are going to get something done" despite Manchin's opposition to the Build Back Better agenda.

Why it matters: His comments come after days after Manchin announced that he will not vote for the $1.75 trillion spending package.

Catch up quick: Manchin blamed White House staff Monday for the breakdown in negotiations. "The bottom line [is] I knew that we could not change, it was never going to change," he told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval in an interview.

  • The blow sent Democrats reeling. The White House called the move a "sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position" and accused Manchin of betraying "his commitments."

What he's saying: When asked by reporters Tuesday if Manchin broke his commitment, Biden said, "Sen. Manchin and I are going to get something done" before walking away.

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