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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Manchin’s Opposition to the Build Back Better Bill

Senator Joe Manchin at the Capitol last week.
Credit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

To the Editor: 

Negotiating with Senator Joe Manchin is the ultimate in futility and frustration. He has used one excuse after another to stand in the way of valuable legislation. Now he’s drawing the line at supposed inflation or deficit fears.

He is catering to the wishes of special interests and donors, rather than what will benefit the majority of Americans. I’m fed up with his bad-faith negotiations and arrogant power plays. He’s been coddled, courted and offered numerous concessions in recent weeks — all for nothing.

He’s fine with a huge budget for our out-of-control defense industry, costing much more annually than the Build Back Better legislation, but he balks at the prospect of a deficit that may result from doing good for most Americans. How about doing the right thing for those less fortunate than you, Mr. Manchin?

T.R. Jahns
Hemet, Calif.“

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