Sen. Joe Manchin, just days before he called off negotiations with President Joe Biden, proposed a version of the Build Back Better plan centered on universal pre-kindergarten program, funded for a full 10 years, as well as an expansion of the Affordable Care Act and hundreds of billions of dollars to address climate change, a person with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN. The proposal, which was viewed as a counter-offer in long-running negotiations on Biden's proposal, did not include an extension of the expanded child tax credit, a central priority for Biden and Democrats.
CNN reported last week Manchin had proposed leaving the tax credit, which Biden's proposal extended for an additional year, out of a final deal due to concerns over overall cost and structure. CNN has reported that the West Virginia Democrat presented the White House with a roughly $1.8 trillion proposal during discussions last week. In addition to universal pre-K and the Obamacare subsidies, the proposal also included several hundred billion for climate change mitigation efforts, though the climate policy itself was scaled back from the House-passed version,, the person said.