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Sen. Manchin: $908B Bill Won't Be 'Do-All, End-All' Package

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) (Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 December 2020 12:00 PM

More than 90% of a proposed $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief bill will be announced in detail, but the legislation, if passed, won't be a "do-all, end-all" package, Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the lawmakers pushing for the measure, said Wednesday. 

"This emergency COVID relief package is strictly an emergency relief," the West Virginia Democrat said on CNN's "New Day." "It's not a do-all, end-all. Joe Biden said it best. It's a down payment."

Biden, as president, would "put something up if we need more to keep the economy from falling apart," Manchin added. "Vaccines are coming on; we know that. But people are not going to make it from this time forward from December, if this all goes for naught until February or March before we can get another package out."

The two most contentious parts of the bill are its language on state and local assistance funding, and on liability issues for businesses, said Manchin, but still, he has faith an agreement can be reached "unless someone just wants to be against the bill and blow it up." 

Manchin said he's glad to see that most lawmakers, including the White House with its proposal, agree that $900 billion is what needs to be done immediately, but Democrats still want to send out stimulus checks to individuals. 

"We can't get our Republican colleagues above the $908 (billion)," said the senator, adding that Democrats had been asking for a minimum of $1.2 trillion to $1.3 trillion. 

"We came together as Republicans and Democrats working together, the way we are supposed to, with a moderate emergency deal," he said. "Now, everyone is trying to figure different ways around it but none are bipartisan and they have no language at all. No language to them."

Manchin also, during the interview, slammed Republicans who will not stand up to President Donald Trump on the election out of fears of repercussions. 

"All of us at one time or another in our life had to confront a bully," he said. "Basically you regretted going to school ... then one day you had the courage to say, okay, enough is enough. If I get a bloody nose today I get a bloody nose, but I'm going to stand up and stop this once and for all."

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