In a meeting with a group of climate activists and energy professionals, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stated that he is open to supporting a revised version of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan with some modifications.
According to Axios, Manchin stated that he would be open to backing amended Build Back Better legislation that is specifically geared to address three issues: climate change, prescription medication prices, and deficit reduction.
It was during a private, closed-door dinner on Monday that Manchin made the remarks, which indicate that he is serious about returning to the table, but only for a considerably lesser version of Biden’s original $3.5 trillion proposal, according to sources.
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“Senator Manchin is always willing to engage in discussions about the best way to move our country forward,” said Sam Runyon, a spokesperson for the senator, in a statement to Fox News on Thursday. “Senator Manchin is always willing to engage in discussions about the best way to move our country forward.” “He continues to be deeply concerned about the financial condition of our country and feels that combating inflation by restoring fairness to our tax system and paying down our national debt should be our top priority,” says the president.
“He has made it plain that we can safeguard energy independence while also responding to climate change,” Runyon continued. “We can do both at the same time.” “It is essential that we retain our energy independence by pursuing an energy policy that includes all of the aforementioned elements in order to continue producing energy that is cleaner than anywhere else in the world. Moreover, he maintains his belief that we can and must cut the cost of prescription drugs for working Americans in order to ensure that no family is forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for life-saving prescriptions.”
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In December 2021, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia officially killed Biden’s measure by declaring on “Fox News Sunday” that he would be a clear “no” on the legislation. Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., had long expressed doubts about Biden’s legislation.
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Are elements of "Build Back Better" alive? Sen. Joe Manchin has indicated interest in a narrower package focused on clean-energy, drug costs and taxes https://t.co/oqC3hpICl4
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During early conversations, according to Axios’ sources, Manchin sketched a package that would include approximately $500 billion for climate change and $1 trillion in new tax revenue. Universal preschool, as well as the other care-economy measures included in Biden’s initial “human infrastructure” package, have not received any backing from him so far.
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Additionally, Manchin is said to be insistent on decreasing the deficit by at least half of the money from new corporate taxes, in addition to the expected savings from allowing Medicare to directly negotiate the cost of prescription medications.
Lesser versions of the Build Back Better legislation will face additional obstacles, including possible resistance from Sinema and reluctance on the part of progressive Democrats to support a smaller plan.
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