Harris said on WSAZ to talk about the massive relief package, “One of seven families is describing their family being starved, one in six of their rents, to keep their point in West Virginia.” Can’t Pay, and is one of four small businesses. Permanently shutting down or already shutting down, so it’s a big issue in West Virginia and across the country. ”
Manchin is part of a bipartisan group of senators who have pushed against the administration’s relief plan, urging that the proposed $ 1,400 direct payment be targeted toward as many people as possible.
“We met with their economic team and they put out what they wanted,” Manchin said in response to Harris. “We want to help every person who needs help. But if someone is making $ 250K or $ 300K, I don’t think they are in as much need as someone making $ 40K or 50K. Are. I said it all. We’re done. ” to target.”
The Vice President’s office declined to comment on Manchin’s comments.
Manchin’s bipartisan group held a meeting on Sunday with White House National Economic Council director Brian Desse, Jeff Zeders, Biden’s coronovirus coordinator and White House legislative affairs chief Louisa Terrell, telling the administration that the relief plan was too rich Provides wealth. Americans.
Manchin called for a CNN’s “State of the Union” targeted relief investigation on 10 January.
“I’m helping people who need help, people who can’t really make it, people who don’t have a job, they can’t put food on their table. I do my best to help them Kind of ready. ” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Prominent Democrats have indicated that they will begin moving forward on the coronovirus package as soon as next week as part of an agreement with Republicans or by employing a budget reconciliation process.
Eugene Daniels contributed to this report.