Manchin ready to review Biden’s agenda without CLC: report
- Senator Manchin rejected adoption of Biden’s program last year, in large part due to the improved child tax credit.
- Axios reported that Manchin was open to resuming negotiations if the CTC was removed or obtained a lower income cap.
- Manchin remained adamant that the CLC should be limited and also proposed work requirements.
While Democratic lawmakers have been disappointed to end 2021 without adopting President Joe Biden’s sweeping social and climate spending program, many remained convinced they would in the New Year.
However, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – the centrist Democrat who maintains the package – does not appear to be easing his demands.
Axes reported Sunday that Manchin is ready to revisit negotiations over the Build Back Better program if the White House completely removes monthly child tax credit payments from the package, or drastically lowers the income cap for eligible families, citing people close to the package. case.
This is a request that Manchin has held for a long time. The expanded child tax credit would have allowed parents earning less than a certain income to receive monthly payments of $ 300 per child under 6 and $ 250 for children 6 to 18 for another year, but the last payment was made in December and has yet to be renewed due to resistance from Manchin.
“Do you think people earning $ 200,000 and $ 400,000 should still benefit from the child tax credit the same way someone earning $ 50,000, $ 60,000 or $ 70,000 who really needs it?” ? Manchin has already said. As Insider previously reported, the $ 200,000 and $ 400,000 levels are where the child tax credit disappears faster for individual or joint filers, and households earning more than these levels each year are. already unable to receive full credit.
As Insider’s Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported, Manchin’s objections to monthly payments extend beyond an income cap – he also wanted to institute work requirements to receive the federal allowance and did expressed concerns that parents would spend the payments on drugs.
It’s unclear when, or if, Biden’s agenda will arrive at his desk for signature, but given that Democrats need 50 votes to pass the economic package, Manchin’s backing is crucial. The Washington Post reported that before sinking the pre-Christmas negotiations, Manchin made a $ 1.8 trillion argument to the White House that excluded the enhanced child tax credit, reflecting his firm stance that monthly payments should be changed or removed altogether.
Still, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told fellow Democrats last month that despite Manchin’s resistance, he would put Build Back Better to a vote early this year to keep Democrats’ promises.
Schumer wrote in a letter that “we were almost all disappointed with the decision to delay the ground review of the Build Back Better Act because Senator Manchin was unable to come to an agreement with the President. However, neither this delay, nor other recent statements, will deter us from continuing to find a way forward. “
“We just cannot give up,” he added.