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White House Issues Damning Statement Against Manchin

One senior administration official told CNN his reversal was totally a surprise

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he's a "no" on the Build Back Better Act, effectively ending negotiations on this version of legislation that would expand the nation's social safety net.

Manchin has always been a key holdout for the legislation, sharing concerns over certain provisions of the massive tax and spending bill and how it could exacerbate soaring inflation in the country.

"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," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do. And the President has worked diligently. He's been wonderful to work with. He knows I've had concerns and the problems I've had and, you know, the thing that we should all be directing our attention towards the variant, a Covid that we have coming back at us in so many different aspects in different ways, it's affecting our lives again."

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