Manchin backs Democratic economic bill that targets inflation, drug prices

After extensive negotiations, key Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Wednesday said he has reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, on an Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. “Rather than risking more inflation with trillions in new spending, this bill will cut the inflation taxes Americans are paying, lower the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, and ensure our country invests in the energy security and climate change solutions we need to remain a global superpower through innovation rather than elimination,” Manchin said in a statement. Schumer had said Democrats would be pushing ahead on a pared-down economic package, after Manchin had forced his party to narrow its approach.

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