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Manchin Suggests He’s Ready to Start Talks on Climate, Tax Bill

  • Negotiations could lead to slim version of Build Back Better
  • Manchin’s opposition to original bill angered progressives
Joe Manchin
Joe ManchinPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has told climate activists and clean-energy executives that he is interested in restarting negotiations on a slimmed-down version of the Build Back Better Act that would focus on climate change, prescription-drug prices, and deficit reduction, according to a person familiar with the matter. 

The remarks, made earlier this week at a dinner held by the American Clean Power Association, dovetail with comments Manchin made earlier this month to supporters of the legislation -- about working on a deal after the April recess, another person said.