Biden pushes for passage of COVID relief package even without Republican support

President Joe Biden is pushing for another massive coronavirus relief package to pass through Congress, and he even suggested that Democrats should get it passed with or without Republican support.

“I support passing COVID relief with support from Republicans if we can get it,” Biden told reporters on Friday. as the Washington Examiner reported.

However, the president then went on to stress that the legislation needs to pass, “No ifs, ands, or buts.”

As noted by the Examiner, these remarks signaled a green light from the president to use reconciliation, a process by which budgetary items can pass the Senate via a simple majority vote.

Manchin has reservations

However, even going the reconciliation route may pose challenges. Following the election of Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Georgia earlier this month, Democrats and Republicans each hold 50 seats in the Senate, with the tie-breaking vote in the hands of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Still, this scenario assumes that all 50 Democratic senators will vote in lockstep, and judging from recent comments made by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), there’s no guarantee that will happen.

On Friday, Manchin told local West Virginia television station WSAZ, “We want to help everybody that needs help. But if a person is making $250,000 or $300,000 [per year], I don’t think they’re in much as need as a person making $40,000 or $50,000. We’re going to target it.”

The coronavirus package has a massive $1.9 trillion price tag and would give $1,400 checks to essentially every American, regardless of income.

Pressure from Harris

Manchin also took issue with comments that Harris made during a Zoom interview with WSAZ last week pushing for passage of the relief package.

“I saw it. I couldn’t believe it. No one called me,” he said, according to the outlet. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan way forward. I think we need to, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together, what was done.”

In addition to talking about the COVID-19 relief bill, Harris also made comments about energy workers who have been hit hard by her administration’s new policies.

Harris reportedly said that unemployed coal miners could be put to work “dealing with reclaiming abandoned land mines, what we need to do around plugging leaks from oil and gas wells, and transferring those important skills to the work that has yet to be done, that needs to get done.”

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22 Responses

  1. Ah Yes. The dictatorship is pushing ahead. Believes that we will fall for his Crap. Just getting closer to pushing the wrong buttons!

    1. Well, John, I tried to reply twice now and got ‘kicked out’!!! LOL We were talking about ‘buttons’ and they didn’t like the one I mentioned. That one that sits on the president’s desk. It’s ‘missing’. Let’s see if ‘this’ post gets on.

  2. The internet never asks us if we are happy with Biden! Know why? They already know the answer! NO!
    Manchin is so right – People who make tons of money do not need any stimulus!!!!!

    1. I would agree accept for one point, any money being given away should first be given back to those that paid in, the tax payer prior to overseas such as transgender studies in pakistan as in the last two stimulus.

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  4. Wonder if he asked the pants wearer (KH) if that move is a good one for the DEMS/RINOS……….Pislosi probably whispered in his ear too…….

    1. What with combating ‘dem*ntia’, wearing an ‘ear-pi*ce’, KH in ‘one ear’ and Pelosi in the ‘other’ ear–no wonder the poor guy is totally confused!! He never knows which ‘voice’ to listen to or which ones are ‘real’!!! Disgusting to ‘use’ a person this way–any person!!

  5. Agree! Give the people who need it most the money! People making over $100,000 a year are NOT in need! And the areoublicans need to push back on the demonrat crap they are pushing!

  6. Where are these “green” jobs? The laid off people are trying to feed their families now, not 2 years from now,

  7. And whose going to pay for this COVID bill – WE THE TAXPAYERS! Won’t affect the ELITE POLITICIANS- they’ve never been without a paycheck!!!!!

    1. Biden never was too ‘bright’ and ‘dem*ntia’ hasn’t improved his mind any. He’s being ‘used’ by the ‘R*dical’ Left to implement their agenda.

  8. Oh, No!! They didn’t ‘like’ my post–Again!!! Was it something I ‘said’?? Like the ‘green deal’ was a ‘st*pid’ plan and all the reasons ‘why’?? I’m not taking it back!!

  9. The democrats are the ones who voted for the 2/3 majority. Now they need a simple majority because the senate is evenly distributed because they won’t have enough for a 2/3 vote.

  10. This goes to show that we are going from a republic to a dictatorship. After this our taxes will increase more each time that person or persons gives more and more hand outs.

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