Pundits wonder what Joe Manchin got to bring him back to the negotiating table

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It was announced Wednesday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was able to come to an agreement with Democrats over a larger package that included inflation measures, prescription drug reductions and efforts to mitigate climate change. Manchin had said last week that he couldn’t vote for it because he was too worried about the money being spent impacting inflation negatively.

On Thursday, Manchin was telling his hometown radio that the whole package was dead but he was hopeful they could come together in September around something. He made it clear, however, that the stripped-down version of Build Back Better was never going to happen.

“The major shift in negotiations — confirmed by two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the talks — threatened to upend the delicate process to adopt the party’s signature economic package seven months after Manchin scuttled the original, roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, which President Biden had endorsed,” said the Washington Post last week.

“To have those negotiations, to go on as long as they have, and now to say that’s out, that is frustrating,” Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) told the New York Times last week. He didn’t single out Manchin, however. “The administration needs to continue to push.”

Manchin then became a target by some Democrats who were drawing a line at his inability to cooperate to help his colleagues achieve meaningful legislation in an election year.

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