Nancy Pelosi Runs Away From Reporters

( The chaos continues among Congressional Democrats as a potential vote on Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better Act” keeps getting delayed week after week.

In an effort to move forward with a vote before Biden’s departure for Europe, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had initially planned to bring the measure to the floor on Thursday. However, her plans were dashed.

During her weekly press conference, Pelosi beat feet rather than take questions from reporters.

And on Monday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) threw a monkey wrench into the entire process when he announced in a press conference that he would not vote for the latest version of the bill that is now scaled back to $1.75 trillion without first knowing the bill’s impact on inflation and the deficit.

Pelosi had rescheduled a tentative vote on Build Back Better for Tuesday, but with Manchin’s press conference, her plan is dashed yet again.

In his press conference, Manchin hammered progressives like Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), accusing them of holding the bipartisan Infrastructure bill “hostage” until they get support from him on the untenable reconciliation bill. He called for an immediate vote on the bipartisan bill, daring progressives to vote against it.

At the heart of his objections to the Build Back Better Act is Manchin’s concern that the bill would dramatically expand social programs and “irresponsibly” add to the nation’s already crippling $29 trillion debt. Manchin reiterated his opposition to any bill that would hurt American families already suffering from high inflation.

Accusing the progressives of using budget gimmicks to hide the massive cost of the legislation, Manchin called for “complete transparency and analysis” to measure the economic impact the bill would have on the current tax code, as well as US energy and climate policies “to ensure that our country is well-positioned to remain the superpower of the world.”

Manchin again warned Democrats that he remains ready to sink the Build Back Better Act if the bill “hurts our country.” Without his support, the bill will go nowhere in the upper chamber.