AP source: Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks to a vote in the Senate Chamber, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin were said to be sharply divided Wednesday over Democrats’ huge social and environment bill, with the holdout senator pushing to erase the measure’s improved child tax credit, as leaders’ hopes of passing the legislation before Christmas appear to be fading away.