According to Yahoo, Bill Gates, Larry Sommers and others were responsible for changing Manchin’s mind about voting for the bill.
Bill Gates was among those who lobbied U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin—a frequent key Democratic holdout—to support an economic package focusing on climate and health care, after more than a year of negotiations.
The push for the conservative Democrat to support what is now the Inflation Reduction Act—but was, until recently, the Build Back Better Act—included more than 20 leaders of clean energy manufacturing companies with plans to put down roots in Manchin’s West Virginia. They included Bill Gates, who owns a venture capital firm that has backed a battery start-up there, Politico reports.
Also among those who pitched in on lobbying efforts: former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.
“It was across the board,” Collin O’Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, told the political news outlet of the effort to obtain contrarian Manchin’s support. O’Mara reportedly played a key role in persuading Manchin to resume talks.
Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft has a checkered past. He was very outspoken about the China Coronavirus and related vaccines even though he’s not a virologist. He also was reported with Jeffrey Epstein multiple times yet he didn’t seem to be too concerned with Epstein’s death.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in