Stimulus Update: Senator Joe Manchin Pushes to Lower Unemployment Benefits

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    President Joe Biden urged Democrats Tuesday to quickly resolve lingering disputes over his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, with moderates including Senator Joe Manchin pushing to lower unemployment benefits and progressives already upset by the jettisoning of a $15 minimum wage.

    Biden joined a virtual lunchtime meeting with Senate Democrats hosted by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and emphasized the need to put aside differences and pass the bill quickly — with recognition that the special budget process they are using can’t accomplish every goal, according to lawmakers on the call.

    “He wants us to stay focused on getting it done, and that we all have to understand that reconciliation has its limits,” said Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin.

    Schumer is hoping to bring the mammoth spending package to the floor of his chamber for debate as soon as Wednesday, and pass it this week. A failure would be a huge blow for Democrats and the Biden administration.

    “We’ll have the votes we need to pass this bill,” Schumer confidently predicted after the Biden call.

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