Stimulus Stymied? Manchin's Office Walks Back Opposition to Another Round of Payments

Stimulus Stymied? Manchin's Office Walks Back Opposition to Another Round of Payments


Will he or won’t he?

Shortly after the Washington Post reported the West Virginia Democrat had said Friday he would “absolutely not” support a new round stimulus payments, Senator Joe Manchin’s office has said that he is not necessarily opposed to the payments called for by President-elect Joe Biden.

Asked about stimulus checks in an interview with the Washington Post, Manchin reportedly said: “Absolutely not. No. Getting people vaccinated, that’s job No. 1.”

A spokesperson for Manchin told CNBC that “absolutely not” was a denial that stimulus checks should be the top priority for the new administration. But Manchin remains open to more payments and will consider the idea when it comes before the Senate, CNBC reported, citing a spokesperson for the Senator.

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Manchin reportedly said he would be more likely to support a relief package targeted at people who have lost their jobs rather than a program that sent payments to most Americans.

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