Manchin is letting down West Virginians like me

JoAnna Vance is a recovery fellow for the American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) West Virginia Economic Justice Project and serves as a West Virginia organizer for the Recovery Advocacy Project. She and her family live in Beckley, West Virginia, where she is in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. Read more opinion articles on CNN. "'If I can't go back home and explain it, I can't vote for it,'" Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said in a statement Sunday, after announcing he would not vote for President Joe Biden's signature Build Back Better bill.
Just a few weeks ago, I put my three kids in the car and traveled to Washington, DC from southwestern West Virginia. It was a lot of effort to get the four of us out the door, but I knew it was important that I share my family's story. It was a wet, cold day outside the United States Capitol, and we were there with other families for a day-long paid family leave event and a virtual meeting with my senator, Manchin. This was my first time speaking at the Capitol, and I shared my family's experience of having to choose between work and my husband Edmund's health.
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