Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va. is confident that an urgently needed bipartisan coronavirus eradication bill will be completed soon.
In a “Fox News Sunday” conversation, Manchin said that despite the rocky negotiation process, progress has been made and expects the text of the bill to be ready on Monday.
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“It didn’t fall apart – we met day and night last month,” Manchin said. “We called all day yesterday, we’ll contact you again this afternoon to finish things.” Tomorrow, we will create a bill for the American people – $ 908 billion. “
Manchin noted that with such a package of laws, there will be pieces that not everyone will agree with, but he says lawmakers need to make compromises for the sake of the country. He stressed that the bill only applies to the country’s needs for the first quarter of 2021.
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“It only lasts until April 1. We are trying to get through the hardest first quarter of our country we have ever encountered,” he said.
Two controversial main issues are increased unemployment benefits and the extension of liability protection to re-opening small businesses. President Trump said in a future bill, instead of extending weekly unemployment benefits, lawmakers should issue a single $ 600 incentive to all Americans.
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“It’s a bad idea and I hope you re-evaluate this statement,” Manchin said, stating that the $ 600 payments paid to everyone would mean that people in work would get government help. He believes that instead, the government should focus on devoting resources to the unemployed.
Manchin’s fellow Democrats opposed defending the liability of small businesses. Manchin dealt with the arguments of both parties.
“There is no one who wants a business to be run on a business trip,” he said. “On the other hand, we don’t want to be wary of the wind that businesses are unsafe jobs, workers are not protected, and the people who patronize these businesses are not in a safe environment.”
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Manchin recalled, however, that although lawmakers have difficulty with this issue, granting protection would only be temporary.
– We will not change compensation laws forever. We’re just trying to get through an emergency period, ”he said.