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OPINION: Joe Manchin Was Right to Vote Against the Build Back Better Bill

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Christian Buonopane, Editor

Recently, Democratic Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin announced that he is going to vote against the Built Back Better Bill in the Senate. Manchin, a Democrat, is splitting from his partisan party lines, where all but one other Democratic Senator, Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona plan to vote in favor of the Biden administration’s bill. During an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Fox News Sunday, Manchin said that at the end of the day, he “has to explain everything” to his people back home, and had done “everything humanly possible” to vote for the bill’s passage. Expectedly, his Democratic colleagues were quick to urge him to reconsider, with Bernie Sanders (I-VT) going on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper stating that “I think he’s going to have a lot of explaining to do to the people of West Virginia.” Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called Manchin’s reasoning for voting no “bullsh*t”. The attacks by his colleagues were not only uncalled for, they were unprofessional and lacked foundation, with many ignoring Manchin’s reasoning. Manchin, representing his constituents, voted for what would benefit the people of West Virginia. The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced its support for Manchin, backing his rejection of the bill; and even voiced their own extreme opposition to it.  West Virginia relies on coal heavily, both its mining and usage. Manchin knows that his constituents depend on coal, as does West Virginia’s economy. To vote for the bill would be a disservice to the people of West Virginia. As an elected representative, Manchin did the right thing by looking out for the best interests of his people, and voting against the Build Back Better Bill.  

 

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