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Wanting Manchin to back Build Back Better

Sarah Brown, mother of three young children and managing attorney at Mountain State Justice, makes the case for the Build Back Better bill at an event to rally support for the stalled proposal at the YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center in Charleston Monday. Speakers called on U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key holdout, to support the bill designed to strengthen the social safety net and invest in a clean energy economy.

Holly Bradley circled back to the podium with one more plea.

“Please hear us,” Bradley said.

Build Back Better backers

Proponents of Democrats’ sweeping social and climate spending package known as the Build Back Better bill gathered outside the Family CareHealth Center on Charleston’s West Side Tuesday to call on U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to support the bill. But Manchin remained a key holdout this past week, while Capito has committed to opposing the bill. President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that Senate adjustments could still take weeks beyond Democrats’ self-imposed Christmas deadline for passage.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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