Byron Donalds Praises Joe Manchin for Killing Build Back Better: That Bill Is 'Trash'
Congressman celebrates death of Biden's spending bill: 'Great news for the country'
Republican Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has praised Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for breaking with his party to kill Joe Biden's radical spending bill, hailing the move as "great news for the country."
On Sunday, Manchin declared he was a "no" vote on the multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better spending legislation, effectively killing the bill.
"I think this is actually great news for the country," Donalds told Fox News in response.
"It was a bad bill. Everybody knows it's a bad bill, especially where our economy is.
"The answer is really for Washington to start spending trillions of dollars more that it doesn't have, we would be paying people to stay at home, we would be investing in this Green New Deal agenda - which is going to make energy costs even more expensive?
"And that somehow is the recipe America needs in order to 'build back better?'"
"It's a joke," Donalds added.
"It's a bad bill.
"Joe Manchin is doing the right thing.
"I'm glad he said no."
When it comes to the political fallout from his opposition to Biden's signature legislation, the GOP lawmaker predicted he will be in "good standing" with West Virginians amid the uproar from Democrats.
"Look, the people in his party can say whatever they want, but he represents West Virginia," he said.
"The last time I checked, West Virginia is not California.
"I think he's going to be just okay… he's going to be just fine."
Donalds, who was speaking at Turning Point USA's AmericaFest in Phoenix, bashed the passing of Build Back Better as a member of the House Budget Committee, telling Fox News "there was no compromise" or "process," knocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing the bill through reconciliation on party-line votes.
"That bill was put together in the most heinous way," Donalds said.
"Nancy Pelosi is the decider of what the policy is going to be and the other members of Congress have no ability to change it?
"That's why that bill sucks. That's why it's trash.
"That's why it looks dead in the Senate and we'll go from there."
Manchin shocked the political landscape during his exclusive interview on "Fox News Sunday," announcing he "can't vote" for Biden's signature legislation.
"I’ve always said this, Bret: if I can’t go home and explain to the people of West Virginia I can’t vote for it," Manchin told "Fox News Sunday" guest host Bret Baier Sunday.
"And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.
"I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible.
"I can’t get there.
"You’re done? This is a no?" Baier asked.
"This is a no on this piece of legislation," Manchin said.
"I have tried everything I know to do."
The senator said that the rise in inflation, the national debt, and the ongoing pandemic helped him come to his decision on the massive social spending bill.