Senator Joe Manchin's vote against tax reform is starting to catch up with him. After the historic passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, more than 100 businesses nationwide have already announced bonuses or pay raises for their employees. West Virginians locally are feeling the positive impact following announcements from major U.S. companies with a West Virginia presence such as AT&T.
As West Virginia's middle class continues to see the benefits of this tax bill through more money in their pockets, does Joe Manchin really still believe voting against it was the right thing for his state?
Joe Manchin Spoke Out Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Despite The Tangible Benefits For West Virginia Residents
In Late November 2017, Manchin Indicate He Likely Wouldn't Support Tax Reform, Claiming The Bill Would Not Help The Middle-Class. "'No tax breaks for the rich? I said that's great,' Manchin said. 'Helping the middle class, working class? That's great. That's not what we're seeing.'" (Dave Weigel, "Democrats Once Seen As Potential Yes Votes On Tax Cuts Appear To Walk Away," Washington Post , 11/28/17)
There Are 950 AT&T Employees In West Virginia. "Approximately 950 AT&T employees working in West Virginia as of June 30, 2017." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 1/3/18)