Virginia Democrat Senator Tim Kaine confesses in a CBS interview that Biden’s Build Back Better agenda as we know it is dead. But even so he believes that key items within the legislation will still live on.
Former 2016 running mate to Hillary Clinton and survivor of traffic on the I95 had this to say on Face the Nation to host Margaret Brennan.
"Even the White House economist is using the past tense when referring to Build Back Better. It’s dead. You don’t have the votes in the Senate," quipped Brennan in introducing the topic.
Here’s what Senator Kaine had to say:
"Yeah I don’t agree with you, Margaret. You’re right that it’s dead, the most recent version of it is not going to happen. But if you look at the core of the bill – I think the core – is education and workforce, and things like reduce childcare and education expenses, workforce training, and then support for the workforce in areas like healthcare."
"There are other pieces of the bill that are more controversial, I still believe we’re going to find a core of this bill (whatever we call it) we’re going to find a core of the bill and pass it, and it will deal directly with some of these inflation concerns," he concluded.
It’s not just the sentiment of CBS that Build Back Better legislation is seemingly dead. A Bloomberg reporter mentioned it in his question for Press Secretary Jen Psaki last Thursday, when asking her why the Biden administration is seemingly at an impasse.
Late last year, the Biden White House had media problems with proper messaging as to why Build Back Better needed to be approved in DC. The President claimed in mid-2021 to have "overwhelmingly" amounts of public support for Build Back Better. But towards the end, high-profile names like Elon Musk had publicly criticized it.
The $1.2 trillion USD infrastructure bill passed by Congress last year was for a time held up by being paired alongside the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better legislation. The Biden White House reluctantly acknowledged its price tag.
When the debate in Congress pivoted to the issue of voting rights afterward, both Senators Manchin and Sinema stood by keeping the filibuster rule in place that requires 60 votes for bills to pass through the chamber.