Senate Dems strike deal with moderates to push through Biden-backed COVID relief bill: Report

Senate Democrats managed to pass a White House-backed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill this weekend without the support of a single Republican lawmaker.

And for all intents and purposes, we have Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to thank for the massive blow to the federal deficit.

According to the Washington Examiner, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and his fellow Democrats wouldn’t have been able to push the relief measure through the upper chamber without first cutting a deal with key centrists like Manchin, a moderate Dem from a state that Donald Trump won in both 2016 and 2020.

Making a deal

Manchin, for his part, had reportedly been “holding out” on a provision related to unemployment benefits. The Examiner reports that Manchin sought “to reduce a proposed $400-per-week enhanced federal jobless payment to $300,” an effort that turned up successful.

In exchange, Manchin backed down from a push to end these “enhanced” payments in June and instead, agreed to extend the duration they’d be available from late August, as originally planned, to early September. The change ensures the benefits won’t expire while Congress is on recess, the Examiner reports.

Manchin also reportedly agreed to make the first $10,600 in unemployment benefits nontaxable for recipients earning less than $150,000 per year.

The senator celebrated the deal in a statement Friday, the day before a vote in the upper chamber.

“We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being hit with unexpected tax bill next year,” Manchin said, according to the Examiner.

A defeat for the GOP

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package ultimately passed in the Senate on Saturday in a 50–49 vote that fell entirely along party lines, NBC News reported.

Arkansas Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) missed the vote due to a family emergency, circumventing the need for Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie.

The House passed its own version of the relief bill in late February, and is now expected to quickly greenlight the Senate’s version, according to CNBC. From there, the bill will be headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for a signature.

Despite the GOP’s best efforts, Democrats seem to have secured their costly COVID wishlist.

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  1. Manchin and the so called moderates don’t fool anyone with their rope-a-dope pretentiousness.
    I somewhat admire their “forced togetherness”, but not at the expense of bipartisanship.
    The American People need decisions pleasing all sides instead of Children playing games.

  2. Agreed! Now I question manchin’s reasoning. I thought he was on our side( the American people) guess I was wrong.

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  4. So the Dem’s got their wish list. Only 9% go to Covid relief plus they have another Trillion they have yet to disburse. Are the trying to hide it so they can divvy up amongst themselves? Also this new Bill has no oversight as to where exactly this money is going to go. Mostly Blue States to bail out their pensions and to rebuild what they allowed to be burned down through out the summer. I didn’t know we had a money tree?

  5. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the left hates our country the 1.9 trillion is nothing but bailout for dem. states that haven’t got a clue how to run anything, again the taxpayers are on the hook and nothing gets done for the good of the country Washington is nothing but stupidity on parade.

  6. Manchin says he’s a mod that’s bull hes just another Liberal paying everyone & everything instead of what the Americans deserve😡

  7. The damn democrats are using our tax dollars for their own gain. The people of this country need to stop them on the spot from doing this no matter what it takes.

  8. Democrats, what a bunch of jerks, you fools, Pelosi,Schumer Manchin Biden, we are going to hold this national discrace on your watch, this will not be forgotten ,when Repubs get some power to off set you Dems, then we’ll see.

  9. The Democrats had pushed their wish list through. Let’s support any Republican to get into the white house in 2024. Then maybe we can get away with some of this luniacy.

  10. You need to stop Dominion Voting machines, in fact all voting machines, clean up voter rolls, and require picture ID to vote, and have to show the ID. That might help get Republicans elected. Also a bigger selection of prospects should offered for primary voting, instead of the same incumbents only, time after time.

  11. How many millions were spent on Using AIR FORCE ONE TO take THE REPUBLICAN SO CALLED president to PLAY GOLF- EVERY WEEKEND????????

    1. How stupid a post!!! You can’t be serious? I know you must mean Obama. Our President Trump worked round the clock.. something you probably know nothing about. If that’s the best you can come up with, you’d better stay away from making ludicrous comments and go educate yourself.

    2. Hey Ignacio, you are definitely the sheep that the dems are in control of…they love sheep like you. Did you know Trump NEVER took a paycheck? Of course you don’t cux the lying biased msm never put that out to the leftwing news outlets that I’m sure you listen to. Trump worked for America each day with only getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep. He made the border more secure than ever only to have the dems open it up to illegals. Maybe you can take some of them into your household! I have to think, who will be the first victim of their criminal actions…very sad.

  12. Manchin ya sold your soul for $100 bucks, you are a traitor to America knowing full well that Bill is a disgrace, I hope you Never have a good nites sleep again, we we’re counting on you to do the honorable thing, but no your just like all the other bottom feeding scum sucking vermin know as demonrats, you are a LIAR! Take that so called Covid lie and stick it where the sun don’t shine your done say good by in 2022 Traitor!

  13. Hey egnastio just so ya know cause apparently you don’t President Trump never took a paycheck so if he wanted to play golf it was his paycheck that’s he used! And just so ya know which you apparently don’t Biden’s a loon

  14. Here’s another bit of news for ya egnastio the 11000 jobs on the pipeline Biden rescinded half were minorities who lost good paying jobs because of biden and they got in the first place because of Trump!

  15. It amazes me how MEGA RICH, conservative, white, racial supremacist Republicans can give The Former President Donald Trump $250million, but claim paying hard-working US Citizens a decent hourly wage is going to drive them to the poor house!

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