“You have 48 members of the Senate who wanted to move forward with an agenda that helped working families, that was prepared to take on the rich and powerful,” Sanders said. “You have a president who wanted to do this.”
Senate Democrats have struggled for much of the last year to cobble together spending legislation that could pass a party-line vote and get to Biden’s office.
Manchin and Sinema opposed key parts of the Build Back Better package, with Manchin dealing a deathblow to the massive package late last year. The couple also opposed changing the Senate’s 60-vote threshold 50-50 to advance legislation to allow Democrats to pass other legislative priorities.
As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders was a major player in Build Back Better.
Following the failure of Build Back Better, Sanders suggested he would support progressive key challenges to Manchin and Sinema, who are both re-elected in 2024.
“Do you have a better word than ‘sabotage’?” It is very good. But I think that’s the right word,” Sanders said in exchange with host Chuck Todd. “And I think we have to put pressure on the people of West Virginia, Arizona, to say, you know what, why don’t you stand up for ordinary Americans and not just your wealthy campaign contributors. Why don’t you have the courage to take on the pharmaceutical companies, the insurance companies and the fossil fuel industry? »
Top Democrats have said they aim to relaunch a slimmed-down bill this year, though no new plans have emerged so far.