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Dr. Bob "extremely disappointed" in the political posturing of Congress

It is time for Republicans and Democrats to work together to support the lives of so many hardworking families in this Nation.

It's important to note Sen. Manchin isn’t single-handedly defeating the Build Back Better legislation. What about the Senate colleagues on the other side of the aisle?

Do all 50 Republican Senators honestly believe this is lousy legislation? What's happening in Congress is again a sign of party politics – party before the Nation, party before the people.

I appreciate compromise, negotiation, and healthy debate, but this type of political posturing hurts the American people, many of whose livelihoods can greatly benefit from the government's proactiveness.

Like many of you, I am highly disappointed in Sen. Manchin's lack of support for the framework to fund domestic programs and mitigate climate change. Why did he change?

  • He thought parents would waste monthly child tax credit payments on drugs instead of providing for their children. The vast majority of the time, this is not true. Sen. Manchin, please provide your data to support your claims. If true, this Nation is in more significant trouble than all of us could imagine. The child tax credit cuts child poverty by nearly 30% and is well-spent tax dollars.

  • He believes that Americans would fraudulently use the proposed paid sick leave policy – an unfortunate and inaccurate diagnosis of the character of the American people.

  • Manchin claims the bill would be inflationary. Some economists state any adverse impacts will be small and brief. Many economists believe the bill to be deflationary.

  • He doesn't support the climate change provisions. I hope this isn't influenced by his family's wealth from 'waste coal.'

  • Manchin argues this would add to the national debt, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) states nearly 90% is paid for by taxes on those making more than $400,000. There is no substantial addition to the national debt.

I am equally disappointed by Senators on the other side of the aisle for refusing to pass meaningful legislation that will directly support the lives of so many hardworking families in this Nation.

I support national leaders who make decisions based on facts and a vision to improve the state of the nation. I find it disheartening that our two parties have their own facts, although not shared.

What would I like to see? — a vote in the Senate and the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Please show us it can be done. It's time to end this great divide. As leaders of our great Nation, please start the healing process and lead us forward together.

We can and will do better than this.

– Dr. Bob Lorinser

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