Aides: West Virginians blasting Manchin for support of spending bill

“He is clearly defensive in his TV interviews, and he's getting blasted pretty hard in West Virginia,” said one Senate committee staffer.

Critics of the Inflation Reduction Act describe it as a slimmed down version of the “Build Back Better” climate-change-oriented bill that Manchin rejected, charging it will raise the cost of energy and tax the middle class just as they are being hit with record inflation.