Politics Joe Manchin signals he may not back Biden's social spending plan until 2022, risking an abrupt cutoff for monthly child tax credit checks
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The moderate Democrat from West Virginia finished the second quarter of 2021 with more than $3.9 million of cash on hand.Manchin's quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for the period from April 1 to June 30 shows that the senator received net contributions of more than $1.4 million—a significant increase on his fundraising in the previous quarter.
- Manchin may be about to hand his party a lump of coal when it comes to passing Biden's spending bill.
- He's not onboard with passing it by Christmas, risking a lapse in monthly checks to families.
- "No question that it would be a blow to lower-income and middle-class households," one expert said.
Senate Democrats are wishing for a holiday gift in the form of approving President Joe Biden's $2 trillion domestic spending package by Christmas. But Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia seems readier to hand his own party a thick lump of coal instead.
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The West Virginia Democrat is reportedly expressing skepticism to his Senate colleagues about whether they'll be able to approve pass the Build Back Better legislation this year,. It's significant given that all 50 Senate Democrats must band together to clear the bill in the evenly divided Senate over what's likely to be unanimous GOP opposition.
He's not committing to the legislation, suggesting more work needs to be done to iron out the finer details. "I wouldn't have any idea how I'm going to vote until I walk in," Manchindeparting the Capitol.
Manchin's reluctance to back the bill could capsize the swift timetable that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York originally envisioned to wrap everything up and deliver Biden a major win going into 2022, a crucial midterm election year. Depending on how long Manchin drags his feet, passage of the bill may slip into next year — a possibility raised on Tuesday by Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, chair of the House Ways and Means panel.
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Manchin told reporters on Monday that he's still reviewing a version of the Build Back Better bill passed by the House two weeks earlier, despite Schumer wanting to pass it before holiday break.On Monday Manchin refused to commit to Democrat leaders' timeline to push Biden's Build Back Better bill ahead before the end of the year.
It risks an abrupt halt of monthly child tax credit payments that tens of millions of families areto cover expenses like rent, groceries, childcare, and school supplies. The Internal Revenue Service will distribute the final monthly payments on December 15 and families will receive the other half at tax time.
"No question that it would be a blow to lower-income and middle-class households," Andy Boardman, a research assistant at the Urban Institute, said in an interview. "Folks are depending on this money, and it's helping them. It has become a pretty significant piece of family household budgets."
The House bill renews the bulked-up child tax credit payments for another year. Itper child age 5 and under, or $3,600 annually. For children between ages 6 and 17, families can receive $250 each month, or $3,000 yearly. And it would lock in the ability for the vast majority of American families to get the government cash every month, regardless of whether they file taxes.
McConnell: I’m a Manchin fan
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has grown increasingly fond of the Senate’s most centrist Democrat, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who is about the only person capable of blocking passage of President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar social welfare and green energy legislation, known as "Build Back Better."“I admire Sen. Manchin,” McConnell said. “He's in a really challenging position in a party that is dominated by East Coast elitism views of what America ought to look like. I pull for him every day, I pray for him every night.
Asked by Insider on Tuesday, Manchinthe child tax credit as it was laid out in the House bill, only calling it a "work in progress." That raised the prospect of changes to that measure.
"I think it's extraordinarily important to keep this program on track," Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon told reporters on Thursday about the possibility of a sudden lapse in checks to families.
Wyden added it was the "overwhelming view" of Senate Democrats that it is "priority business" to pass the Build Back Better Act this year.
Manchin may not be the only obstacle standing between Democrats and their Christmas deadline. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona isn't onboard with the package yet, either. She told CNN in an interviewthat she was negotiating in "good faith" with other Democrats — and not in public.
It's possible the IRS can move swiftly to prevent a lapse in payments by mid-January. The third wave of $1,400 direct paymentsof Biden approving the stimulus law earlier this year.
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Several other online petitions calling for more direct payments have garnered tens or hundreds of thousands of signatures as well.The Change.org petition was launched in 2020 by Stephanie Bonin of Denver, Colorado. It has since become a rallying point for Americans urging Congress to provide additional economic assistance as many struggle amid the fallout of the ongoing pandemic.