Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has officially killed President Joe Biden's social spending agenda.
The West Virginia Democrat confirmed in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that he will not — and cannot — vote for Biden's "Build Back Better" plan.
What are the details?
In fact, not only will Manchin not support the massive $1.75 trillion legislative package, but Manchin said he would not continue negotiations moving forward, officially killing the bill.
"I've always said this: If I can't go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can't vote for it. And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't," Manchin said. "I've tried everything humanly possible. I can't get there."
"This is a no on this legislation," Manchin added. "I have tried everything I know to do."
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What else did Manchin say?
After his appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin released a lengthy statement explaining why he refuses to support the "Build Back Better" plan.
Most notably, Manchin sharply criticized Democrats' vision for America.
"My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face. I cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores and utility bills with no end in sight," Manchin explained.
In fact, Manchin said that Democrats are being dishonest about the true cost of the "Build Back Better" bill.
"The American people deserve transparency on the true cost of the Build Back Better Act. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined the cost is upwards of $4.5 trillion which is more than double what the bill's ardent supporters have claimed. They continue to camouflage the real cost of the intent behind this bill," Manchin explained.
Additionally, Manchin said the bill would hinder America's ability to respond to increasing geopolitical threats from Russia and China, "risk the reliability of our electric grid," and "increase our dependence on foreign supply chains."
"I will never forget the warning from then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, that he delivered during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing during my first year in the Senate. He testified that the greatest threat facing our nation was our national debt and since that time our debt has doubled," Manchin said.