Politics Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate
How Dems Can Turn Filibuster Reform Into the ‘Moderate’ Option
The imperative to pass a new voting rights act – and renew Biden’s child allowance – could erode moderate resistance to weakening the filibuster.But once reconciliation is done, acrimony may follow.
The Senate's approval of President Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is expected to dominate this Sunday's talk shows, with a round of appearances from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who over the weekend played a critical role in advancing - and delaying - the legislation.
The on Saturday followed a more than 24-hour session in the Senate, with Democrats resisting attempts from GOP senators to make changes to the legislation.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a statement Saturday that the House plans on voting on the relief bill Tuesday before sending it to Biden's office for a signature.
'No idea what he's doing': Manchin perplexes with Covid aid power play
It took a direct call from President Biden and significant concessions to get the senator on board.The voluble West Virginian was talking with his colleagues, but even after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) implored him to move forward on a compromise approach to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid aid bill, she and Tester weren’t getting anywhere with Manchin. Tester didn’t understand quite where Manchin was coming from as he resisted what Democratic leaders had already marketed as a popular compromise.
Biden Saturday called the Senate's vote a "giant step forward," in delivering relief to Americans struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
"This plan puts us on a path to beating the virus. This plan gives those families who are struggling the most the help and the breathing room they need to get through this moment. This plan gives small businesses in this country a fighting chance to survive," Biden said.
The package includes another round of stimulus checks, additional aid for state and local governments and support for reopening schools across the country.
The vote came after Democrats huddled with Manchin, the lone holdout, for hours before ultimately reaching Friday evening following debate on the measure that prompted an hours-long delay of the relief bill.
Senate Nears Saturday Passage After All-Nighter: Stimulus Update
The Senate is on track to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill as early as midday Saturday after a compromise reduced added unemployment benefits to $300 a week, one of several ways moderate Democrats shaped the bill to be less generous than the House version. Democrats also fought off a raft of Republican amendments to cut state and local funding, redirect Amtrak funding, end aid to indebted minority farmers, and stop grants for non-profit entities. The amendment process began after 11 a.m. on Friday.But the chamber voted to include the deal Democrats reached within their own ranks to extend until Sept.
Senate Democrats in the deal agreed to a proposal of a $300 per week unemployment payments through Sept. 6. The deal would also make the first $10,200 of benefits non-taxable for households with an income less than $150,000.
"When we started negotiating it took longer than it should have. But we got it done, we got a better deal," Manchin said on Saturday about the talks.
Manchin will make a round of appearances this Sunday on ABC's "This Week," NBC's "Meet the Press," CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday."
The step forward on a relief package comes as the U.S. has reached roughly 28.9 million coronavirus vaccine infections, and more than 524,000 total deaths as a result of the virus, according to .
However, lowered daily infection rates and the increased distribution of three vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have provided hope for an eventual end to the pandemic.
Sen. Joe Manchin open to party-line vote on future bills with voting rights legislation now in focus
The Senate's Covid relief bill lowered enhanced federal unemployment benefits to $300 per week and excludes a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.Manchin's comments come as the Biden administration and Democratic lawmakers look toward other top priorities, including voting rights legislation, after they passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill without any Republican support in the evenly divided Senate this weekend.
The nation's top infectious disease expert and White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci will be on "Face the Nation" this Sunday, and Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under former President Obama, is expected on "Fox News Sunday."
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week's Sunday talk shows:
ABC's "This Week" - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin; Manchin; Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. Manchin and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.); White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients; Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Fauci; Govs. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) and Phil Murphy (D-N.J).; Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Manchin; Govs. Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.); White House communications director Kate Bedingfield.
"Fox News Sunday" - Manchin; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Frieden; Marc Short, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence; Julie Pace, Associated Press; Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst, co-host of "The Five."; John Foley, Peloton CEO.
Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), ranking member, Senate Budget Committee; Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), House Judiciary Committee; John Solomon, editor-in-chief, Just the News.
Joe Manchin Thinks All Republican Senators Want Minimum Wage Rise .
The West Virginia Democrat has spoken of his desires to work in a bipartisan manner, and his own preference for a minimum wage rise but below the $15 an hour mark.Democrats had moved to lift the federal minimum wage to that mark through reconciliation along with COVID-19 relief, though the Senate parliamentarian ruled it should not be passed through the upper chamber in that way.