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Biden Says There Is Still Hope for Build Back Better as Mining Union Urges Manchin to Support Bill

HeadlineDec 22, 2021

During his COVID address Tuesday, Biden was asked by reporters about West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin sinking the Build Back Better Act this week and the fate of the bill.

President Joe Biden: “Look, I want to get things done. I still think there’s a possibility of getting Build Back Better done.”

Rachel Scott: “Did Senator Manchin break his commitment to you?”

President Joe Biden: “Senator Manchin and I are going to get something done.”

Joe Manchin joined other Senate Democrats for a special virtual meeting Tuesday night about a possible path forward on the bill. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the call the Senate would vote next month on a revised version of the package and a potential rules change to circumvent a Republican filibuster. Manchin has long opposed measures to combat the climate crisis due to his ties with the coal industry, in which he and his family are heavily invested, and his ties to fossil fuel lobby groups. In related news, United Mine Workers of America International — the U.S.’s largest coal mining union — called on Manchin Monday to support the roughly $2 trillion social and climate bill.

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