Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin sidestepped a question on Sunday about whether he would support a second round of $2,000 coronavirus relief checks that President-elect Joe Biden said he would pursue once he enters the White House.
“That’s not a yes or no question,” the West Virginia lawmaker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m on board by helping people that need help, people that really can’t make it, people that don’t have a job — they can’t put food on the table.”
The moderate Manchin could provide the pivotal swing vote in the Senate when the victories of Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff are certified and the chamber is split 50-50.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be poised to break any deadlocks.
The checks that would go out to people making $75,000 or under should be targeted to those who need it most, he said.
The amount decreases for higher earners,