UltraViolet on Sen. Joe Manchin’s Statement Regarding the Build Back Better Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, December 19, 2021
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UltraViolet on Sen. Joe Manchin’s Statement Regarding the Build Back Better Act

Women’s Group Says Passing Build Back Better is Critical, Says Senate Democrats Should Be the Bill on the Floor for a Vote

WASHINGTON, DC — Statement from Sonja Spoo, campaign director at UltraViolet, a leading national gender justice organization, on Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement on Fox News that he will oppose the Build Back Better Act, backpedaling on months of negotiations in which he previously said he supported the legislation.”

“The Build Back Better Act is critical. There is no if, ands, or buts about it. 

“We cannot build back better, address and recover from the ongoing, and now escalating pandemic, or fight inflation or lower costs for families if we do not center women in our recovery and pass the policies we need to get back to work and to thrive. 

“As we enter into yet another wave of the pandemic, American families still don’t have paid leave or affordable childcare. Millions of American families don’t have access to safe housing or quality healthcare. And our communities are also trying to cope with the deadly impacts of climate change. To be blunt, standing against the policies in the Build Back Better Act is standing against American women, caregivers, and families. It is cruel and indefensible. Senator Manchin continues to betray West Virginia, and the country, and sell the future of this nation away to his corporate backers.

“We won’t let that stand. Women, especially women of color, worked our asses off to put Democrats in power to pass the policies in Build Back Better Act and one out of touch Senator is not going to stop us from ensuring our demands are met.

“This is more than just a piece of legislation. This is the future prosperity of our families, nation and earth at stake. We must pass the Build Back Better Act immediately. It is critical the Senate votes on this legislation without any further delay.”

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