President Joe Biden made a desperate last minute phone call to Senator Joe Manchin on the day before the Senate was due to vote on his American Rescue Plan to beg him to support the $1.9T stimulus deal, telling him ‘you’re really f***ing me,’ according to a new book.
Biden considered Manchin, the most moderate Democrat in the Senate, a key roadblock ahead of the critical vote to pass the expensive stimulus deal, as reported by Fox Business.
Manchin ended up voting with majority of the democratic lawmakers and the relief package was passed in a 50-49 vote. The West Virginia Senator thus helped hand the president his first legislative victory.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (pictured), the most moderate Democrat in the Senate, was a key roadblock ahead of the critical vote to pass Biden’s expensive stimulus deal back in March 2020
President Joe Biden allegedly told Manchin in March of last year that if he didn’t back his $1.9trillion Covid-19 stimulus package, ‘you’re really f***ing me,’ according to a new book by veteran journalists
But Manchin had previously expressed his concerns about the scope of unemployment benefits in the relief package.
Most recently, on Sunday, he reiterated that he will not back a reconciliation bill with a $3.5trillion price tag as progressives maintain that they won’t vote through the $1.2trillion infrastructure bill without passage of the reconciliation bill with trillions in social spending.
He even called for a ‘strategic pause’ earlier this month as Biden looked to extend the American Rescue Plan for a $3.5trillion budget to spend on social programs.
The book – titled Peril – was excerpted by the Washington Post and reveals information about the Biden administration.
The book – titled Peril – reveals information about the Biden administration and is set to be published on September 21
Authors Bob Woodward, a long-time investigative journalist, and Robert Costa, a political reporter, alleged the phone call took place on March 5 – just one day before the Senate voted on whether to approve Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan’.
Set to be published on September 21, co-authors Woodward and Costa described the transition from the Trump to the Biden administration as ‘one of the most dangerous periods in American history’.
The bill was passed and Democrats allowed Manchin to make a last-minute call to cut back on Biden’s proposed list of federal unemployment benefits, as detailed in Peril, which was written based on interviews with more than 200 people.
Manchin, along with other moderates, have become critical votes in the Senate.
The Senator has continued to snub his party’s plan to not pass infrastructure without the progressive reconciliation package, although he has not revealed what amount he would approve.
If he does not budge, the Congress could be at a deadlock where neither of the massive pieces of legislation will get through.