Biden not sure whether Manchin will back ‘Build Back Better’ bill ahead of call

Vice-president tells Senate Democrats that Manchin remains undecided, and that time is running out for reconstruction bill Biden not sure whether Manchin will back ‘Build Back Better’ bill ahead of call Vice-president Joe Biden…

Biden not sure whether Manchin will back 'Build Back Better' bill ahead of call

Vice-president tells Senate Democrats that Manchin remains undecided, and that time is running out for reconstruction bill

Biden not sure whether Manchin will back ‘Build Back Better’ bill ahead of call

Vice-president Joe Biden said on Monday he will talk to West Virginia senator Joe Manchin about passing “Build Back Better” legislation during a Tuesday phone call.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday sent letters to all 100 senators indicating that a vote on the $6.8bn disaster relief bill was expected to take place on Tuesday – three weeks after the deadly floods devastated West Virginia.

Biden said he is reaching out to Manchin “regarding some legislative measures that we can move forward”. He said “we’re not there yet” and that “three weeks is a very short time for the bill”. He asked him “just to stay in touch”.

“Don’t be in the dark for too long,” Biden said.

West Virginia and eight other states were declared states of emergency after a deluge of rain fell in the region, creating a mudslide and killing more than 20 people. Manchin has been a vocal critic of McConnell for not moving a recovery package quickly enough.

On Monday, Manchin said: “It’s in pretty good shape. I hope it will pass and they will start building”.

The Republican leader sent a letter to the Senate floor Monday. He said the bill would not be “partisan”.

But both parties would rather the Senate pass the legislation than wait for Congress to return in January for the new session of Congress. The House has approved its version of the bill.

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