‘We are in touch with Sen. Manchin as we have been for many weeks’
White House press secretary Jane Sasaki said Monday that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a “key partner” for the administration when Vice President Harris called a local West Virginia television station to discuss President Biden’s “significant” coronovirus relief plan. Appeared on The senator from West Virginia expressed his displeasure.
Over the weekend, Harris promoted Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” during a couple’s interviews with local TV stations in West Virginia and Arizona.
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But Manchin, DWVA, said he was surprised by the Harris interview in his state, claiming that no one from the administration had called him to discuss the presence.
“We’re going to try to pursue a bipartisan path, but we need to work together,” Manchin told Huntington’s WSAG-TV, W.V.A. “It’s not working together.”
On Monday during White House press talks, however, Saki called Manchin an “important partner” and said the White House “is in touch with him.”
“We have been in touch with Sen. Manchin as we have been for several weeks and will continue to do so.”
“Not only is he an important partner for the president and the White House on this package, but on his agenda,” Saki continued. “We will be in touch with him.
Manchin, 73, who has represented West Virginia in the Senate since 2010 and previously served as its governor, is known for an independent streak that has often kept him in controversies with leaders of the National Democratic Party .
With the Senate equally divided into 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats – plus Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Men who is usually with the Democrats – keeping more free-thinking like Sen. Kirsten Sinima of Manchin and Arizona In the fold. Biden was seen as the key to the administration to advance its agenda.
Meanwhile, during an interview with Harris, she told of the “urgency” of a $ 1.9 trillion plan that would give Americans an additional $ 1,400 in incentive checks, extend unemployment insurance, and increase child tax credits.
But when asked about the plan, Manchin said that he believes that incentive checks are needed only by people, not everyone.
“We want to help everyone who needs help,” Manchin told WSAZ. “But if someone is making $ 250,000 or $ 300,000, I don’t think they need that much as a person earning $ 40,000 or $ 50,000. We’re going to target it.”
Granthshala News’ Brie Stimpson contributed to this report.