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You can doubt it, but his actions show otherwise. He's trying to kill this bill. And he's probably going to succeed.

Again, his actions show that he's trying to allow a bill to get passed. Not a $3.5 trillion bill, of course. But his actions are entirely consistent with wanting to get a smaller, tighter bill passed, rather than killing the process altogether.

It is absolutely possible that the progressive caucus will not, or cannot, agree to pass a smaller bill. But that will end up being because there just wasn't a proposal that could be mutually agreed to - that there just was never any common ground between the parties on such an expansive topic. Not because any of the groups were deliberately trying to kill the bill.

Again, if Manchin (or Sinema) had really wanted to kill the BBB bill, the easiest and best way would have been to announce publicly all these positions as red lines and blow up the negotiation process from the start.

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