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Sen. Joe Manchin shares his buyer's remorse for becoming deciding vote on 'Inflation Reduction Act'

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is expressing buyer's remorse for helping President Joe Biden pass the so-called "Inflation Reduction Act."

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, Manchin said the law, which does not actually reduce inflation, is being used to advance the Biden administration's climate agenda.

According to Manchin, one of the central goals of the law was to ensure "energy security," but the Biden administration has completely ignored the agreement made with Manchin.

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"This piece of legislation was balanced," Manchin told Sean Hannity. "[In] 10 years we're going to have enough fossil [fuel] to run our country and to help our allies around the world. And we will also be investing in new technology for the future. Now, they've disregarded that completely."

He added, "This was energy security and you have not heard 'energy security' out of their mouth since it was passed. It's [now] all about environment."

The West Virginia Democrat then promised he would support repealing the Inflation Reduction Act if the Biden administration does not make good on its promises to invest in American energy security.

"Let me make it very clear: If this administration does not honor what it said it would do and basically continue to liberalize that — the $384 billion is what we're supposed to invest over 10 years and they blow that out of the water and it's six or seven or eight hundred — I will do everything I can in my power to prevent that from happening," Manchin said.

"And if they don't change, then I would vote to repeal my own bill," he declared.

On Twitter, Manchin shared his interview with Hannity and used even stronger language to express his complaints. He accused Biden of using the Inflation Reduction Act to pursue a "radical climate agenda."

The complaints are ironic because the Inflation Reduction Act would never have become law had Manchin not agreed to vote for it. With Manchin's support, Vice President Kamala Harris was able to cast a tie-breaking vote and send the bill to Biden's desk to become law.

Manchin had remained supportive of the bill, saying just two months ago that he did not regret supporting it.

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