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“We’ve Gotta Do This”: Sherrod Brown on Build Back Better

TNR editor Michael Tomasky talks with the Ohio Democratic senator about the infrastructure bills, Joe Manchin, inflation, and whether Ohio will ever be a blue state again.

Illustration by The New Republic

Senator Sherrod Brown chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is in the thick of negotiations on both the traditional infrastructure and broader budget bills. Here, he talks about his major priorities for the bills, which include affordable housing, clean public transit, and the child tax credit. He points out that Senator Joe Manchin is going to have to compromise, too. And he sizes up Ohio’s marquee 2022 races.