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Senator Manchin Should Honor His Commitments to West Virginians and Support BBB

December 19, 2021

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Senator Manchin Should Honor His Commitments to West Virginians and Support BBB

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Senator Joe Manchin seemingly closed the door on continuing negotiations over the Build Back Better Act, saying in a Fox News interview that he “cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.”

Tax March Campaign Director Sarah Baron gave the following statement in response: 

“Senator Manchin’s new opposition to the Build Back Better Act shows yet again that he is more concerned with deficit red-herrings than with the wants and needs of his constituents. 

It is extremely distressing that the senator, whose state ranks 50th in public health and 47th in economic opportunity, seems to have simply walked away from negotiations without even articulating what it would take to earn his vote. Make no mistake: by walking away from this bill, Senator Manchin is siding with deficit hawks and millionaires like himself, along with the corporations whose greed and price gouging are the cause of the rising costs he complains about, over West Virginia workers and families.

The American people need relief, both from a global pandemic and from the decades of economic precarity that preceded it. For Senator Manchin to say no now, after stringing his colleagues and advocates along for nearly a year, is a betrayal of his duty to the people of West Virginia and the nation at large. He must find a way forward with President Biden and Senate leadership so that we can pass the Build Back Better Act and continue working toward a fair economy for all.”

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