Manchin reportedly pulls counteroffer on Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has reportedly withdrawn from the table a compromise on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.

Originally, progressives were seeking to to pass a $3 trillion bill full of funding for social and environmental programs, but in order to do so, they needed all 50 members of the Democratic caucus to support the legislation.

With Manchin and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema refusing to get on board, Democratic leaders retooled the legislation into a $1.75 trillion bill.

Manchin still took issue with the specifics of the legislation, though he did reportedly make a counteroffer to the White House — one that would have cost $1.8 trillion, according to The Washington Post.

“Manchin’s offer included permanent funding for universal prekindergarten, an expansion of the Affordable Care Act and hundreds of billions of dollars in climate-related spending,” The Washington Post reported. “His plan also included support for a tax on billionaires, which would amount to the most aggressive plans to reduce wealth inequality in modern American history.”

So why did Manchin reportedly yank the offer?

“Negotiations deteriorated quickly in December after a White House news release named Manchin as the obstacle to passing the legislation,” The Post reported.

“Manchin then surprised the administration by criticizing the bill on Fox News, after which the White House released a blistering statement calling his credibility into question,” it added. “Manchin, who has drawn protesters’ ire because of his opposition to the legislation, later said the decision to name him in the news release imperiled the safety of his family.”

According to The Post, Manchin sent his counteroffer the week before Christmas.

Manchin has reportedly signaled since then that he would not even support his own compromise.

As the New York Post reported, Manchin said Tuesday there were “no negotiations” happening between him and the White House about the legislation.

“I’m really not going to talk about Build Back Better anymore because I think I’ve been very clear on that,” Manchin told reporters.

He added: “There is no negotiations going on at this time, OK?”

“Our country’s divided,” Manchin added, “and I don’t intend to do anything that divides our country any more, so whatever I can do to unite and bring people together — and that means you have to work harder as you work across the aisle to bring people together.”