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Manchin blocks Build Back Better. What's next for the child tax credit, universal pre-K, prescription drug costs, & more?

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out what's next for the social provisions of Build Back Better now that Senator Joe Manchin says he won't vote for it. 

The House version of Build Back Better would reduce childcare costs, provide universal pre-K, require Medicare to renegotiate drug prices and cover hearing aids, provide $65 billion to repair public housing buildings, provide funds for low-income families to buy food, extend the child tax credit and more. Without an extension, nearly 10 million children are at risk of falling back into poverty or slipping even deeper into poverty. Now what?


Arthur Delany, reporter for the HuffPost covering politics and the economy

Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: Joe Manchin’s Deep Corporate Ties

HuffPost: Top Progressive Tells Off Joe Manchin In Testy Phone Call

HuffPost:Joe Manchin Privately Told Colleagues Parents Use Child Tax Credit Money On Drugs

HuffPost: Democrats ‘Stunned’ By Joe Manchin Position On Child Tax Credit Extension

Social Security Works:Joe Manchin Has Betrayed Seniors

Politico: Manchin pitches health reforms into uncertainty

Kaiser Health News: West Virginia Sen. Manchin Takes the Teeth Out of Democrats’ Plan for Seniors’ Dental Care

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.