Manchin Rejects Build Back Better Bill, Likely Killing Social and Climate Agenda

“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” Mr. Manchin said on “Fox News Sunday, “I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there. This is a no.” The comments from Mr. Manchin dealt a fatal blow to the legislation that is central to President Joe Biden’s agenda. “I think he’s gonna have a lot of explaining to do to the people of West Virginia,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” Sanders said Manchin “doesn’t have the guts to stand up to powerful special interests.” “We’ve been dealing with Mr. Manchin…

Schumer Got $66K From Top Health Insurance Lobbyist Amid Build Back Better Talks

This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. In the third quarter of this year, as the Democratic leaders of Congress were scrambling to decide what to keep in President Biden’s reconciliation package and what to cut, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accepted a $66,000 bundle of campaign contributions from the head of the health insurance industry’s top lobbying group. The bundle of checks, collected and given to Schumer’s campaign by Matt Eyles, the president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), was disclosed in a…