United Mine Workers president says criticism of Joe Manchin from coal groups over his support of the climate and tax bill is ‘absolute bull’

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
UMWA president Cecil Roberts praised Joe Manchin’s role in crafting the Inflation Reduction Act.
Roberts said the legislation would help West Virginia miners and dismissed criticism of the bill as “absolute bull.”
A group of Appalachian coal organizations said they were “shocked and disheartened” by Manchin’s involvement with the bill.

The president of the United Mine Workers of America defended Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia against attacks that the recently-passed reconciliation climate and tax was bad for the coal industry.

Cecil Roberts — who leads the union which represents thousands of coal workers — called such criticism “absolute bull” and said the bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, would be beneficial to members in the state.

He proceeded to dismiss the criticism that he said has been spread by opponents of the legislation.

“Those who are attacking this legislation … overlook some pretty obvious benefits of this…

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