House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she still believes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would offer his support to President Joe Biden’s social-welfare spending package.
Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Jan. 9, Pelosi said she still hopes Biden’s agenda can reach the finish line with the help of Manchin, Washington Times reported.
“I have spoken to the senator over time. I do think there’s an agreement to be reached,” Pelosi responded after being asked about reviving Biden’s proposal and the role of Manchin.
“It’s so important for our country, whether we’re talking about right now the need for child care for moms and dads whose children may or may not be in school, child care is so important all the time,” Pelosi told host Margaret Brennan.
Pelosi’s indication of a potential path for Biden’s roughly US$2 trillion social spending bill comes though Manchin has signalled that he is not interested in any Build Back Better package.
Last month, Manchin surprised Democratic Party leaders by saying he could not support the legislation as written. Last week, the West Virginia senator said that he stayed opposing Biden’s massive spending measure, citing his concerns over the already-high inflation.
The Democratic lawmaker told reporters that he is not currently negotiating with Biden and Democratic leadership on the spending package.