During an appearance Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) defended his support for a watered-down version of the so-called Build Back Better agenda — the Inflation Reduction Act.
The bill, which experts said would do little to curb inflation, includes $369 billion targeted at climate spending.
Manchin said the bill was “a great bill” and noted that “inflation is the biggest threat we have.”
“I always wanted to do something I could for my country, and this is all about my country,” Manchin said. “It has nothing to do with my politics or anybody else’s politics or my friends on the Republican side or my friends on the Democratic side or whoever is upset with me. It had nothing to do with any of us. This is about what we can do for the country.”
He continued, “And right now, inflation is the biggest threat we have. It hurts all West Virginians, I can assure you, at the gas pump, at the grocery store, on their energy bills, and just in their everyday lives. And if we have a chance – and I’ve said this all along – if I ever had a chance to have a balanced energy policy and we could basically make sure that we produced more energy for what we have instead of going around asking other people to produce for us , shouldn’t we do that? That’s something we all wanted, and that’s what we got out of it. It’s a big bill.”
Manchin argued that the bill included the construction and opening of domestic pipelines.
“We need more energy today, and we also need to invest in the energy of the future. This is a balanced approach,” he advises.
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