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Manchin Explains His Sudden Willingness to Endorse Tax-and-Spend Bill He Calls ‘a Great Piece of Legislation’

August 1, 2022

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, infuriated Democrats by refusing to pass the Biden administration’s multi-trillion tax-and-spend “Build Back Better” agenda. At the time, he said it would stoke inflation.

But now he’s agreed to approve elements of that same plan — a scaled down, $400-billion version of BBB that he says will fight inflation.

“And I think it’s a great piece of legislation,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper on Sunday: