Many progressives were disappointed in Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WVa) no vote on the build back better act. This is about more than merely scoring political points or infrastructure. This is about programs like the expanded child care tax credit which gives assistance to low income parents like my friend Jennina Rose Gorman. She was interviewed by MSNBC's Katy Tur which can be seen above.
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Does Senator Manchin realize the impact of his policies? He drives a Maserati and has a yacht on the Potomac River. His state (West Virginia) is one of the poorest in the union. If any state needs built back better his does. The same question should be asked of the state's other Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WVa) who is also a certain no vote on the bill.
It's true that Trump won the state with 68.6% of the vote. He carried every county in the state. It used to be a reliable Democratic state but like Cambria County in PA has now flipped. The challenge is now to get them to vote in favor of their self interest again. This March, I will be presenting Appalachian Studies Association's annual conference in Morgantown on how to use County Health Rankings to gauge the health of your area. Hope to see you there. Buon Natale a` tutti.