U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin came under fire Saturday after The Washington Post reported that the West Virginia Democrat \u0022does not currently support\u0022 passing even his own recent $1.8 trillion counteroffer to President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s Build Back Better agenda.\r\n\r\n\u0022Sen. Manchin is operating in bad faith,\u0022 tweeted Nida Allam, a progressive congressional candidate in North Carolina. \u0022We need to be electing Democrats who are accountable to the American people and working families—not Dems who are reneging on deals which would support millions.\u0022\r\n\r\nJournalist Judd Legum, who runs the newsletter Popular Information, said that \u0022if you were a fossil fuel lobbyist and had to construct an ideal strategy not only to kill BBB but to gum up the works for as long as possible it would look a lot like what Manchin has been doing.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn a secretly recorded conversation published last summer by Unearthed, Greenpeace U.K.\u0026#039;s investigative journalism arm, a lobbyist for fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil said of Manchin, \u0022I talk to his office every week.\u0022\r\n\r\nSince then, House Democrats have passed a watered-down version of the Build Back Better package. However, progressives within and beyond Congress have grown increasingly alarmed about the bill\u0026#039;s future, especially after the lower chamber caved to a few members of their own party and decoupled it from bipartisan infrastructure legislation.\r\n\r\nRep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the six progressives to oppose the decoupling, warned at the time that \u0022passing the infrastructure bill without passing the Build Back Better Act first risks leaving behind child care, paid leave, healthcare, climate action, housing, education, and a roadmap to citizenship.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The Squad was right to not trust Joe Manchin.\u0022\r\n\r\nNoting the new reporting, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner said Saturday that \u0022the Squad was right to not trust Joe Manchin.\u0022\r\n\r\nManchin—who, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), has long held up a vote on the Build Back Better Act in the upper chamber—confirmed Tuesday that he is not currently talking with the White House about the package, telling reporters that \u0022there is no negotiation going on at this time.\u0022\r\n\r\nCiting three unnamed sources, the Post\u0026#039;s Jeff Stein revealed that \u0022privately, he has also made clear that he is not interested in approving legislation resembling Biden\u0026#039;s Build Back Better package and that Democrats should fundamentally rethink their approach.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Senior Democrats say they do not believe Manchin would support his offer even if the White House tried adopting it in full—at least not at the moment—following the fallout in mid-December,\u0022 Stein continued, referencing a pair of White House statements that called out the senator by name and a Fox News appearance in which Manchin blasted the bill.\r\n\r\nIn response to Stein\u0026#039;s revelation that Manchin\u0026#039;s offer \u0022may no longer be on the table,\u0022 Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News tweeted that \u0022it\u0026#039;s definitely not.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022As of now, I have no reporting that Manchin will get back up to [$1.8 trillion]. I talk to him nearly every day and he continues to be exceedingly skeptical of anything,\u0022 Sherman said. \u0022Now, could something happen? Sure. Could it happen at [$1.8 trillion]? Maybe. Is that likely today? It doesn\u0026#039;t seem so.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAlong with cutting the expanded child tax credit, \u0022Manchin\u0026#039;s offer included no funding for housing and no funding for racial equity initiatives,\u0022 according to the Post. His proposal also retained tax increases opposed by Sinema, and though it featured \u0022substantial new climate funds, the underlying policy details of his proposed climate provisions remain unclear and could have proved difficult for the White House to ultimately accept.\u0022\r\n\r\nGetting the Build Back Better Act through the Senate requires support from every single member of the Democratic caucus. Though they can use the budget reconciliation process for that package, other bills are being blocked by the legislative filibuster—which Democrats could abolish with majority support, but Manchin and Sinema oppose doing so.\r\n\r\nWith the Build Back Better agenda stalled, Senate Democrats have shifted their focus to voting rights legislation. While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently vowed to change the chamber\u0026#039;s rules to advance such bills by January 17, progressives argue picking between the sweeping package and protecting U.S. democracy is a \u0022false choice.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nProgressive campaigners plan to keep pushing for Congress to get the Build Back Better Act to Biden\u0026#039;s desk, Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, told the Post.\r\n\r\n\u0022The policies we\u0026#039;re fighting for—like letting Medicare negotiate prices—are incredibly popular in West Virginia, and Manchin is clearly not listening to people in his state,\u0022 he said. \u0022Biden has to bring the full weight of the presidency to bear on Joe Manchin to get his vote to get Build Back Better across the finish line.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I know the grassroots are not in any way giving up on Joe Manchin,\u0022 Lawson added, \u0022and we\u0026#039;ll make it harder and harder for him to not listen to what the people in West Virginia are demanding he do.\u0022\r\n\r\nOur Revolution agreed that the president \u0022must use his power to deliver his full agenda,\u0022 declaring that \u0022it\u0026#039;s the bare minimum to address the crises we face and begin to restore the trust of voters.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated with comment from Our Revolution.