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Wyden isn’t counting out Build Back Better just yet

Rachael McDonald
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. File photo.

President Biden’s $2 trillion social and climate program bill suffered a serious setback over the weekend as West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin announced that he won’t support the measure. But Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, says work on the proposal continues.

“I’m very determined to stay at this and to get this done," Wyden told KLCC Monday. "One of the key aspects that we’ve learned over the last two years is that you can work wherever people are. And we’re going to be doing that.”

Regardless of whether it passes, Senators may have the chance to put their support or opposition for the bill on the record. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to move ahead with a vote after the New Year, despite Manchin’s stance on the measure.

Wyden says Republican opposition shouldn’t be overlooked. He said Oregon families who have been receiving monthly child tax credit payments and who won’t be getting another one in January should remember that.

“My proposal to continue it, I offered on the floor of the Senate, and the Senate Republicans objected," he said. "So we’re just going to stay at it until we address these key kinds of issues.”

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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