(Patriot Insider) – A new report from BizPacReview has revealed that Joe Biden applied pressure to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in order to convince the moderate West Virginia senator to throw his support behind the $1.9 trillion spending package earlier in the year, according to a brand new book that is coming out soon from reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
According to the book, titled “Peril,” the two authors write that Biden issued a warning to Manchin during a phone conversation that happened right before a crucial vote concerning the passage of his COVID-19 stimulus bill back in March.
“The authors say the call occurred on March 5, a day before senators were scheduled to vote on the ‘American Rescue Plan.’ Manchin, at the time, was viewed as an obstacle to the bill’s passage after having expressed concerns that the outsized unemployment benefits contained in the legislation would harm post-pandemic economic recovery efforts — a concern that turned out to be prophetic,” the report said.
“If you don’t come along, you’re really f**king me,” Biden is alleged to have said to Manchin, according to the excerpt published by the Washington Post.
“The West Virginian did decide to get on board with the chamber’s 49 other Democrats to pass the bill on a 50-49 party line vote, which was Biden’s first legislative victory following his Jan. 20 inauguration,” the BPR report said.
A final version of the legislation was passed not long after the Democrats caved and agreed to the demands made by Manchin at the last minute, to decrease federal employment benefits, which went against Biden’s wishes, while also adding in a number of amendments the moderate supported.
“The storyline is relevant given that Manchin is once again serving as a roadblock to an even larger spending package, a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan he opposes for its sheer size,” the report stated.
“We don’t have an urgency. Don’t you think we ought to debate a little more, talk about it, see what we got out there?” Manchin stated during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Show host Chuck Todd interrupted by offering the suggestion that the West Virginia Democrat could be able to support this bill at some point, but Manchin fired back by replying, “No, not $3.5 trillion.”
“We’ve got 5.4 out right now,” Manchin added, making a reference to cash in previous spending measures such as the $1.9 trillion Biden reportedly pushed him to support that have not been disbursed at this time. “It’s going to be a lot more than 3.5 over eight-to-ten years,” he said, because “it’ll continue — a lot of these programs never come off” of future budgets.”
“With that being said, that’s a social reform. I’m just saying we need to be looking at everything and we’re not,” the senator added. “We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks.
“I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work,” he went on to say. “We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled, 8 million people still unemployed. Something’s not matching up there.”
Back in June of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that states that cut off federal unemployment benefits of an extra $300 per week on top of other benefits being offered by the state saw huge surges in employment, which seems to vindicate Manchin’s opposition to increased benefits.
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