Frustrated Dems should always remember Joe Manchin is the Mike Trout of the Senate
Where things stand after 11 hours straight of voting and Democrats keeping one vote open for nearly 12 hours to get Joe Manchin's backing: - Dems have fended off GOP amendments - Some changes made but not enough to derail the bill - Bill passage appears imminent in Senate
The Manchin surprise: - Dems fear he'll back the GOP plan to pare back jobless benefits - GOP working to line up support from all 50 members - Dems working to get him to back WH-Dem deal - Manchin concerned about $10,200 in tax-free jobless benefits - Senate in a standstill
Senate now voting on pact Manchin made with Senate Dems. $300 per week on unemployment benefits through early Sept. First $10,200 of benefits non-taxable to households w/incomes below $150,000
“This is nothing more than a reflexive, almost neurotic, compulsive desire to signal moderation by making things worse—both substantively and politically,” says @chrislhayes on Senate Dems like Joe Manchin and Jeanne Shaheen pushing to narrow who is eligible for stimulus checks.