Harris appeared on the WSAZ to discuss the massive aid package and said, “In West Virginia, one in seven families describes their household as hungry, one in six cannot pay their rent, and one in four small businesses are closing permanently or have already closed so is this is a big problem in West Virginia and across the country. ”
Manchin is part of a non-partisan group of senators who have opposed the government’s relief plan and are pushing for the proposed $ 1,400 direct payments to go to those in need.
“We met with his business team and they came up with what they wanted,” replied Manchin Harris. “We want to help everyone in need. But if a person makes $ 250,000 or $ 300,000, I don’t think they have great needs as a person who makes $ 40,000 or $ 50,000. That’s all I said. Us going to aim. “
The vice president’s office declined to comment on Manchin’s comments.
Manchin’s bipartisan group made a call on Sunday with Brian Deese, Director of the White House National Economic Council, Jeff Zients, Biden’s Coronavirus Coordinator, and Louisa Terrell, White House Director of Legislative Affairs, telling the administration that the relief plan was closing Americans make enough money available.
Manchin called for targeted aid checks for CNN’s State of the Union on January 10th.
“I’m on board helping people who need help, people who really can’t make it, people who don’t have a job, who can’t put food on the table. I’m all for helping them. ” Manchin said of CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Leading Democrats have signaled that they will be pushing a coronavirus package as early as next week under a deal with Republicans or through budget reconciliation.
Eugene Daniels contributed to this report.