West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's decision to announce his "no" vote on the Democrats' Build Back Better Act has prompted several significant reactions among Congress.
Republicans were delighted with Manchin's decision. Manchin "deserves credit for listening to West Virginians, rather than to bullies and screams who follow those who disagree into bathrooms and who shut down traffic," said Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse in a press statement.
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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw was more direct in his proclamation. "America has a dodged a serious bullet. BBB is dead," Crenshaw tweeted.
BREAKING: Joe Manchin on Build Back Better: “This is a no on this legislation.”— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) December 19, 2021
America has a dodged a serious bullet. BBB is dead.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said that he "very much appreciate[s]" Manchin's decision.
"The Build Back Broke bill never seeing the light of day is," in Rep. Greg Steube's own words, a "Christmas miracle."
Several Democrats had strong words for the West Virginia Democrat. "Manchin’s excuse is bulls***," tweeted Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. "This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure."
Let’s be clear: Manchin’s excuse is bullshit. The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 19, 2021
This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure. https://t.co/dhzcSk0qUV
Rep. Pramila Jayapal told Washington Post reporter Tony Romm that Manchin "has betrayed his commitment not only to the President and Democrats in Congress but most importantly, to the American people. He routinely touts that he is a man of his word, but he can no longer say that."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders voiced his disapproval on CNN's State of the Union minutes after Manchin's announcement, telling Jake Tapper, "If [Manchin] doesn't have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote 'no' in front of the whole world."