On Sunday, Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat representing West Virginia, said he would not support the Build Back Better Act. “If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” Machin said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” by CNBC. “And I can’t vote to continue with this bill. I just can’t. I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t do it.” In the past, Manchin, whose state still relies heavily on its coal industry, has voiced opposition to climate change, according to CNN.
Although the Build Back Better Act has already passed in the House of Representatives, Manchin needs to be part of the Senate 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, according to CNBC. However, if Manchin votes against the Build Back Better Act, resulting in a 51-49 vote in the Senate, Biden’s massive bill dies. Almost immediately after Manchin announced he would not be supporting the Build Back Better Act, major environmental groups appeared to express panic over the alleged death of the bill designed to help the Biden administration achieve its goal of reducing by half the greenhouse gas emissions. . As NBC News reported, without the billions of dollars in tax credits and monetary provisions provided for in the Build Back Better Act, it will be extremely difficult for President Joe Biden and his administration to achieve their climate change.