Sen. Brown prediction: Build Back Better will pass Congress by Thanksgiving

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Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:09 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 6:08 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAP) - While the fate of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda is still uncertain, Ohio’s Democratic Senator is still optimistic a major infrastructure bill will be approved.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week indicated he still opposes key parts of the multi-trillion dollar measure.

But Sen. Sherrod Brown believes the bill will be on the president’s desk by Thanksgiving.

Brown says a major portion of the plan, aside from traditional infrastructure, is negotiating prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

”All 50 Republicans in the Senate are simply in the pockets of the drug industry,” Brown said in an interview with WTAP Thursday. “So we’ve had to bring all 50 Democrats to agree on the issue of how you bring the cost of drugs down, how you stand up to the drug industry, so people can get treatment for dialysis, get treatment for diabetes, get insulin and how you get it reasonably priced. I think we’re about to do it, and Senator Manchin is on board, and we’re going to see it happen.”

House Democrats were still hoping to vote late Thursday on a package including a new paid family leave program, work permits for immigrants and a state and local tax break.

Questions remain among lawmakers, including moderate Democrats, about how much of the package is paid for.

(Information from the Associated Press was used for this story.)

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