WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by reporters as he leaves a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Democrats continue to work on a path forward in regards to the Build Back Better and election reform legislation ahead of the Holiday recess. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he can't back a $2 trillion social safety net bill, and his opposition is dealing a potentially fatal blow to President Joe Biden's signature legislation.
Manchin tells "Fox News Sunday" that he's always made clear he had reservations about the legislation.
Now, after five-and-a half months of discussions and negotiations, Manchin says, "I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can't."
The West Virginia senator cites a multitude of factors weighing on the economy and the potential harm he saw from pushing through the "mammoth" bill, such as persistent inflation, a growing debt and the latest threat from the omicron variant.
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