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Democrats Vow to Continue Pursuit of Spending Plan Upon Return

Upon returning to Washington, D.C., following a Christmas holiday break, Senate Democrats announced plans to continue pursuit of the so-called Build Back Better spending and tax plan, which passed the U.S. House on November 19th. The plan hit a significant snag over the holiday break when Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he could not support the plan. For the measure is to pass, it must receive support of every democrat in the U.S. Senate. It can pass with a simple majority vote as it is part of a budget reconciliation plan.

Senator Manchin has indicated a willingness to continue negotiations, but it's expected that significant changes would be required to receive his support. Senator Manchin also stated that he was currently not in negotiations regarding Build Back Better and that he did not intend to support any measures that were deemed to be divisive.

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