当地时间19日，美国民主党籍参议员乔•曼钦表示，他不会投票支持总统拜登价值1.75万亿美元的“重建美好未来”法案（Build Back Better）。此举随即引发美国政界震动，白宫方面更是发表声明表达不满。
U.S. Democratic senator Joe Manchin said on Sunday that he will not vote for President Joe Biden's roughly 1.75-trillion-US-dollar social spending and climate bill known as the Build Back Better Act, delivering a major blow to the White House.
Manchin's support for the bill — a $1.75 trillion spending plan focused on expanding the nation's social safety net, reducing Americans' childcare and health care costs, and climate change — is necessary for Democrats to pass this legislation using a process called budget reconciliation, meaning it would only need 51 votes to pass.
"And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. I've tried everything humanly possible. I can't get there," he said on "Fox News Sunday."
"And the President has worked diligently. He's been wonderful to work with. He knows I've had concerns and the problems I've had and, you know, the thing that we should all be directing our attention towards the variant, a Covid that we have coming back at us in so many different aspects in different ways, it's affecting our lives again. "
Manchin has always been a key holdout for the legislation, sharing concerns over certain provisions of the massive tax and spending bill and how it may exacerbate soaring inflation in the country.
"We have inflation that ... really harm a lot of Americans and especially those who are most needy and having a hard time struggling right now," he said.
In a statement his office released after the interview, Manchin reiterated he couldn't support the legislation.
In a remarkable statement attacking a member of Biden's own party, the White House said Manchin's comments were "at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances."
White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in the statement, Manchin "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground."
Psaki added: "Just as Senator Manchin reversed his position on Build Back Better this morning, we will continue to press him to see if he will reverse his position yet again, to honor his prior commitments and be true to his word," the statement reads.
Vice President Kamala Harris bristled Friday after TV host Charlamagne Tha God asked her who the nation's "real" president is.
"I want to know who the real president of this country is — is it Joe Biden, or Joe Manchin?" Charlamagne asked on his Comedy Central show, "Tha God’s Honest Truth," while he and Harris discussed Democratic Sen. Manchin's opposition to liberal spending legislation being debated on Capitol Hill.
An aide tried to step in and end the interview, but Harris then answered that President Biden was the nation's leader – then expressed disappointment with the question.
"C’mon, Charlamagne," she said. "No, no, no, no, it’s Joe Biden," she repeated as he tried to give his reasons for the question. "And don’t start talking like a Republican, about asking whether or not he’s president. … And it’s Joe Biden, it’s Joe Biden and I'm vice president and my name is Kamala Harris," she added defiantly.
"I think it's a mistake to try and think about this only through the lens of Democrats versus Democrats, when the fact is Republicans are consistently and unanimously standing in the way of progress," Harris told the host.