WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 24: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy … [+]
On Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin (DW.V.) essentially forced the United States Senate Democrats to lower the income thresholds for the $ 1,400 stimulus checks that are part of the $ 1.9 trillion Covid-19 aid package from President Joe Biden. Moderate Democrats reportedly met with the President on Monday to discuss changes to the novel coronavirus economic relief law passed by the House of Representatives on Friday.
Manchin expressed great concern about the cost of the bill and called for weekly unemployment benefits to be reduced from $ 400 to just $ 300. Additionally, those earning less than $ 75,000 a year would receive $ 1,400, while married couples earning less than $ 150,000 would receive $ 2,800. Individuals earning less than $ 100,000 would still receive a lower payment, but those earning above would be phased out entirely.
For the bill to pass, every Senate Democrat has to agree, and given the “compromise” there have been many setbacks on social media to the “watered down” version the Senate is now proposing.
Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur), national political reporter for NBC News, was one of those who noted that some voters may not be happy with the compromise: “This means Biden will send checks to fewer people than Trump (but to many with more money) Some Democrats had argued against this and warned that this would lead to some seriously angry people who had previously received money and did not expect to be disfellowshipped this round. “
A fair share of social media users targeted the Senate Democrats directly:
Socialist news magazine Jacobin (@jacobinmag) urged Senate Democrats not to include minimum wage hike in Senate bill, so it’s time for Senate Democrats to follow Bernie’s lead and override the MP. Too many have waited too long for an increase. “
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle accused Senate Democrats of failing Americans with the latest round of stimulus money.
“Rather than cutting the pork, Biden and the Senate Democrats want to cut off the stimulus checks for those earning more than $ 80,000. They would rather keep sending billions overseas than giving back some of their hard-earned tax dollars to a working single mother “noted MP Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) (RN.Y.)
Democratic Socialist candidate Jason Call (@CallforCongress) was among those who believed Americans need help now: “Stimulus checks shouldn’t be means tested. We’re in a pandemic and a financial crisis. We need $ 2,000 monthly recurring checks. Universal and instant. “
Opinion was shared by Rep. Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) (D-Calif.) Who added, “One check is not enough. Recurring checks to make it through the rest of the pandemic will save lives and the economy.”
Some also called President Biden and asked about not only the proposed amount of checks but also who will receive them. User @BlackBernieBabe got straight to the point and wrote, “If Biden’s $ 1,400 stimulus check was an ‘extension’ of Trump’s $ 600 check totaling $ 2,000, why are fewer people getting checks?”
Some feared that voters would remember it in the medium term. “Great job demes. Enjoy the next 22 months of stabbing us in the back as Mitch and Kevin will take the lead until 2022,” suggested Richard Rowe (@ReforgeAmerica), a progressive Senate candidate from Florida.
Many also called Sen. Machin directly.
“Joe Biden is such a brilliant tactician and Senate master that he negotiated Joe Manchin to be on the right of the Republican governor of Manchin’s own state,” noted David Sirota (@davidsirota), founder of the Daily Poster.
Other users have been fairly frank about their assessment of Manchin:
Not all of the comments on social media were directed at the Senate Democrats and Sen. Manchin, however. Historian Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) shouted Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) Who suggested how “fat” the stimulus would be in inches! “If the Senate Democrats didn’t show Ron and laugh during the Show and Tell presentation of Grampa, they’re better than me.”