Joe Manchin and the GOP refused Build Back Better — now 9/11 health care program is in jeopardy
Joe Manchin speaks at a press conference outside his office on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.. - Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America/TNS

WASHINGTON — The death sentence Joe Manchin declared for President Biden’s massive domestic policy bill is also threatening a key priority of New York lawmakers — plugging a nearly $3 billion gap in the 9/11 health program. New York’s powerful Democratic congressional delegation, led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Senate and Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney in the House, had hoped to ensure the funding hole was plugged by including the money in Biden’s roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better legislation. But Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, flatl...