House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she has been speaking with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and believes that an agreement can be reached over the Build Back Better Bill.
In an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Pelosi said, “I have spoken to the senator over time. I do think there’s an agreement to be reached. It’s so important for our country.”
Pelosi said coming to an agreement with Manchin is important so childcare efforts can go into effect.
“Whether we’re talking about right now the need for childcare for moms and dads whose children may or may not be in school. Childcare is so important all the time. More important, even now, when we’re talking about universal pre-k and childcare and we’re talking about the Child Tax Credit,” Pelosi said.
Manchin, a centrist Democrat in a deep red state, does not support the spending bill because he says it would lead to higher inflation and to a growing national debt.
He officially pulled his support in December. The bill needs more support from congress to be passed.
The bill is a major part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. Biden has pushed the bill to strengthen the middle class after a weak 2020 due to the pandemic. The economy shrank by 3.5% in 2020.
“There’s nothing more important for us to do than protect our Constitution and our democracy. What the Republicans are doing across the country is really a legislative continuation of what they did on Jan. 6, which is to undermine our democracy, to undermine the integrity of our elections, to undermine the voting power, which is the essence of a democracy,” Pelosi said.
“We have to do that bill. There is no more important bill that enables us to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said Pelosi.