Progressives target West Virginia to win Manchin’s BBB support

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Progressive activists are trying a high-wire act to influence Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.): Win his support for programs in President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate plan in his home state. I buy big media.

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why it matters: While the House still awaits a cost analysis from the Congressional Budget Office before voting this week, lawmakers, aides and activists agree that any final bill will largely be written by the Senate.

  • That means passing muster with Munchkin and Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.).
  • Munchkin has indicated he is opposed to including a progressive will – a provision to provide paid family leave – but activists are doubling down on him saying “yes”.
  • The provision is currently in the House bill, but could be overturned if Manchin gives it a thumbs up.

Between the lines: Arriving at Manchin at home is a surefire way to get his attention, though it doesn’t always work out as planned.

  • Earlier this year, Vice President Kamala Harris protested against the senator by interviewing With local TV stations, leaving Munchkin to complain, “I couldn’t believe it.”
  • In an op-ed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote a . was written in West Virginia Newspaper – Trying to persuade Manchin to spend more – he also appeared counterintuitive.
  • A few days later, Manchin told Sanders he was comfortable with “zero” new spending in the Biden bill.
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Running news: Paid leave for all, with paid leave work for WV, is Get started with $300,000 ad purchases,

  • This includes a spot from an MSNBC interview quoting Manchin: “People should be able to have paid family leave because they need it,” he says.
  • “We need it now as part of Build Back Better,” said the narrator. “Paid leave is a big deal for even the youngest of West Virgins.”

big picture: Now that President Biden has signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, progressives are nervous House centrists will vote against the massive social spending package.

  • Another fear is that Munchkin will torpedo it for at least this year.
  • The centrist is also eyeing Manchin to see if he pumps the brakes on a reconciliation package, after new inflation data validated his concerns about rising prices.
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Munchkin on Monday when asked whether inflation is a concern? Will prompt him to wait until next year.

  • “We will talk to everyone. We are watching everything,” he told reporters.

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