Kamala Harris uses West Virginia news interview to pressure Joe Manchin on COVID relief

Vice President Kamala Harris is trying to secure the passage of the White House’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package named the “American Rescue Plan,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Part of that effort involves getting support from moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). But judging by recent comments from Manchin, he isn’t impressed with Harris’ tactics. 

Harris told West Virginia television station WSAZ, “The president and I feel very strongly that these are the moments, when we are facing a crisis of unbelievable proportion, that the American people deserve their leaders to step up and stand up for them.”

She had a similar message for the Arizona Republic, saying, “If we don’t pass this bill…we know more people are going to die in our country.”

Manchin blindsided

Although White House aides told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Harris’ message to the West Virginia station “was not intended to influence Manchin,” it wasn’t well-received by the senator.

Manchin told WSAZ on Friday that he was blindsided by Harris’ remarks, saying, “I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me [about it].”

“We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward,” Manchin continued, “but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.

“We met [Pres. Biden’s] economic team and they put out what they wanted,” the senator recalled. “We said, ‘Just show us the figures.'”

Manchin wants targeted relief

Manchin then expressed some of his concerns over certain details in the legislation, stressing that although he wants “to help everybody that needs help,” there should be some conditions.

The proposed legislation would give $1,400 checks to essentially every American, regardless of income.

“If a person is making $250,000 or $300,000, I don’t think they’re in much as need as a person making $40,000 or $50,000,” he explained. “We’re going to target it.”

The election of Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Georgia earlier this month left the Senate evenly split between Republicans and Democrats with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. This is expected to leave the fate of important legislation in the hands of relative moderates like Manchin and Sinema — and when it comes to bucking the Biden–Harris White House, it seems they’re just getting started.

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6 Responses

  1. 40 or 50 thousand? How about 20,000? Yes, I could use a stimulus very well. Some of my friends said they got a $600 stimulus debit card. I did not.

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  3. Hmmm, I wonder, if Butt Boil Kemela got to where she is at by being on her back and knees most of her career does that mean that men and I am sure some women will now have to be on THEIR knees pleasing her in some closet in the White House?? And again, Hmmm, I wonder

  4. Why can’t the Democrats offer a stimulus that doesn’t have all the hidden amenities in it for illegals, other countries and just to help those who need it in the US. The small business that are getting it is mostly large business that use different government sic codes to be qualified as a small business. Pelosi’s grandchild or other relatives or any member of Congress that a relative of theirs should not be eligible for relief. Maybe they could help them out with all the benefits and gifts they are getting from other sources. How much is suppose to be targeted for Harris/Biden family business as well.

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