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Groups launch $250K ad campaign to press Manchin to support Biden spending bill

A coalition of West Virginia advocacy groups has launched a $250,000 ad campaign to encourage Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) to put his support behind the Build Back Better Act after he said this week he would not be voting on the key piece of legislation.

The WV New Jobs Coalition — made up of groups such as the West Virginia Working Families Party and the West Virginia Citizens Action Group — released a television ad as well as ads in five newspapers.

“Everyone is talking about inflation. Well, you know what would cut inflation and put money in West Virginia families’ pockets? Build Back Better,” the TV ad states. “Joe, we need your help. Vote for Build Back Better.”

West Virginia currently has the second-lowest median income among all 50 U.S. states, the coalition said in its print ad.

“Senator Manchin has already indicated he is open to many aspects of the Act. The New Jobs WV coalition is calling on him to get on board with the whole thing and ensure everyday families receive the investments they deserve,” the coalition said.

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), which represents coal miners in West Virginia, also called on Manchin to reverse his decision this week, pointing to the benefits that coal workers would be afforded with the passage of the Build Back Better plan. Coal workers suffering from black lung would receive benefits, and tax incentives would encourage manufacturers to build facilities in coalfields.

“We urge Senator Manchin to revisit his opposition to this legislation and work with his colleagues to pass something that will help keep coal miners working, and have a meaningful impact on our members, their families, and their communities,” UMWA President Cecil Roberts said.

Manchin dropped a bombshell on Sunday when he announced on Fox News that he would not be voting for the Build Back Better Act, a central part of President Biden’s agenda. Senate Democrats have signaled that they will continue to pressure Manchin into reaching a compromise to secure his vote on the legislation.

However, Manchin warned that Democrats are mistaken if they believe they can pressure him into changing his mind.

“They figured surely to God we can move one person. We surely can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough that they’ll just say, ‘OK, I’ll vote for anything,'” he said in a radio interview. “Well, guess what? I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from, and they can’t just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive.”

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