Despite a proclamation over the weekend from Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V., that it was a “no” to the existing version of the Build Back Better Act legislation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN .Y., Said in a Dear colleague letter today that he plans to continue working on reconciliation legislation until they “do something”.
Senator Manchin’s comments over the weekend not only represented a public about-face on his stance on the legislation, but also endangered the fate of billions of dollars in resilience funding. supply chain and IT modernization, as well as millions for cybersecurity and other technology priorities. .
“As we reflect on the First Session of the 117th Congress, a session that started with majority Republicans but quickly passed into Democratic control by the smallest of margins and became the longest 50-50 Senate in history, we should be proud of our accomplishments, ”wrote Senator Schumer. “But this session also led to moments of deep discontent and frustration. This frustration was evident over the past week, as almost all of us were disappointed with the decision to delay the Build Back Better Act ground review because Senator Manchin was unable to come to an agreement with the President. .
“However, neither this delay nor other recent statements will deter us from continuing to try to find a way forward. We simply cannot give up. We must and will continue to fight to help working families,” continued Senator Schumer.
Senator Schumer has pledged that the Senate will continue to work to pass the bill in the new year and that he plans to hold floor votes for a revised version of the fiscal year reconciliation bill. 2022 which passed the House in November.
“Senators should know that the Senate will in fact be reviewing the Build Back Better Act very early in the New Year so that every member of that body has an opportunity to make their position known to the Senate, not just on television. Wrote Senator Schumer. “We will be voting on a revised version of the Build Back Better Act passed by the House – and we will continue to vote on it until we do something about it.”