Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is key to President Joe Biden’s hopes of passing a $1.75tn domestic investment bill, has said he will not support the package.
Manchin has been a key holdout on the White House’s Build Back Better plan, which aims to bolster the social safety net and fight climate change, and is the cornerstone of Biden’s legislative agenda.
‘I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,’ Manchin told Fox News, citing concerns about inflation. ‘I just can’t. I have tried everything humanly possible.’