Sen. Blackburn says as many as 6 Senate Democrats waffling on massive social spending bill

While most media attention focuses on Manchin and Sinema, other Democrats are feeling pressure to abandon President Biden, Tennessee Republican says.

Updated: November 22, 2021 - 11:09pm

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With President Joe Biden's massive social spending bill facing an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, most media attention has focused on two skeptical Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

But a prominent Republican says she senses more Democrats in the chamber who are facing tight 2022 reelection races are considering bolting from their party's $1.75 trillion signature Build Back Better legislation, which passed the House last week on a party line vote.

"Not only is it Manchin, but you've got about five or six others in the Senate that are looking at their races, they're down in the polls, or they're tied up in the polls," Sen. Marsha Blackburn told Just the News on Monday. "And the Republican ballot is up. Joe Biden, his popularity is just unbelievably low. I mean, whoever thought he would be lower than Jimmy Carter.

"It is harder every day for Democrats to support this abysmal bill," she said during an interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast. "And some of these House members who finally came around and voted for it. They might as well start cleaning their office out and heading home, give somebody their proxy to vote. They will not be reelected."

Blackburn suggested Democratic support is weakening as the CBO found the legislation will add significantly to the U.S. debt. Americans realize those costs will be passed on to them, and fears grow that a massive injection of federal spending will only worsen persistent inflation.

"All of this is going to be paid by people that are hardworking people, and Joe Biden said, 'Oh, I'm not raising a penny in taxes on anybody making under $400,000 a year,'" she said. "Well, that's not accurate. It's not accurate on a lot of different fronts. And people know this."

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