President Joe Biden released a statement in which he appeared to give up on passing his massive "Build Back Better" spending bill after the Senate rejected the Democrats' latest attempt to shoehorn immigration reform into the legislation.
Democrats hoped to pass the social spending bill ahead of Christmas in order to celebrate a legislative victory for Biden, but they need and can't get a pivotal vote from Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Further complicating passage was the rejection of their pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens late Thursday.
"I believe that we will bridge our differences and advance the Build Back Better plan, even in the fac of fierce Republican opposition," read in part the statement from the president.
"It takes time to finalize these agreements, prepare the legislative changes, and finish all the parliamentary and procedural steps needed to enable a Senate vote. We will advance this work together over the days and weeks ahead," Biden concluded.
Democrats released their own statement disagreeing with the finding from the parliamentarian and vowing to find a way to pass the immigration reform in the spending bill.
“We strongly disagree with the Senate parliamentarian’s interpretation of our immigration proposal, and we will pursue every means to achieve a path to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act," read the statement from Democratic leaders.
"The American people understand that fixing our broken immigration system is a moral and economic imperative," they added, "and we stand with the millions of immigrant families across the country who deserve better and for whom we will not stop fighting."
Contrary to the statement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters that they did not have an alternative plan "at this point."
Manchin signaled his frustrations with the negotiations Wednesday when he lashed out at a reporter who asked him if he was trying to delete child tax credit payments from the bills.
"This is bulls***. You're bulls***!" said Manchin to a Huffington Post reporter. “I’m not opposed to child tax credit, I’ve never been opposed to child tax credit!"
Here's more about the Build Back Better negotiations:
Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ bill unlikely to be passed by end of year l GMA www.youtube.com