“Sending checks to people who basically already have a check and can’t or won’t issue it is usually just being put into their savings account, we’re not. We made a check. A lot of it, it’s now Time to aim where the money goes, “he added.
Manchin jumped to the spot of a major swing vote last week after the Democrats won a slim Senate majority after two Democratic victories in Georgia’s runoff elections. The chamber is now split between 50 and 50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking all ties. This puts Manchin in a powerful position as one of the most moderate members of the democratic caucus.
“I’ve seen power in Washington. I’ve seen people abuse power. If you think you have it, they’re usually going to abuse it,” Manchin said. “If I am able to make a difference by bringing this country back together and making us work non-partisan [way]I will use it for this. “
Manchin called on Sunday instead for legally doing something to get people back to work, including passing a major infrastructure bill.
“If you want to spend $ 2 trillion, $ 3 trillion, invest in infrastructure,” he said. “… We can do a lot to get people back to work.”
Tapper also asked Manchin a number of questions, including whether he supported the elimination of the legislative filibuster that Manchin said no to, and whether he supported statehood bills for Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, which the Senator said he needed more facts before answering.
Manchin was also asked about a ban on sorting semi-automatic weapons.
“There must be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate the people who have their guns,” replied Manchin. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats by their second amendment and take away their guns. … So no, we’re not going to take away the people’s guns, but there are things that we shouldn’t have in the hands of the people.”