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Joe Manchin's refusal to support reconciliation tax hikes is predictable and pathetic

In response to Manchin’s torpedoing of the Biden reconciliation package, the Patriotic Millionaires released this statement.

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(Via press release from the Patriotic Millionaires)

Washington, DC - Tonight, Senator Joe Manchin told Democratic leadership that he would not accept a reconciliation package that includes tax hikes on wealthy Americans or corporations.

In response, Morris Pearl, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and a former managing director at BlackRock, Inc., released the following statement:

“Senator Manchin has spent the last year stringing along the Biden agenda while sabotaging it at every turn. Now he says that the bill that he once demanded focus on tax reform can’t include any tax increases on the rich. It’s predictable, and it’s pathetic.

Manchin just handed victory in America’s class war to the billionaires. He’s shown he doesn’t care about the American people, he only cares about the tiny wealthy minority of Americans who are opposed to rich people (like his family and friends who own the coal mining industry) paying taxes. Some may be ignorant, some may be corrupt, all are just sad pawns in the oligarchs’ takeover of America.”


Members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders, and investors who are united in their concern about historic levels of inequality and the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system. You can find out more at

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