Conservative Brief: Joe Biden pressured Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to sign off on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus legislation earlier this year after the West Virginia moderate signaled his opposition to it.
According to a new book by Washington Post vets Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Biden called Manchin on March 5 to press him into supporting the spending bill, which was on the eve of the Senate’s vote, asking him to join the rest of his fellow Democrats in the evenly-divided upper chamber.
“If you don’t come along, you’re really f**king me,” the president allegedly told Manchin, according to details of the book, “Peril,” published by The Washington Post.
Manchin had expressed a reluctance to sign on to the legislation because of its high cost after Congress had already passed trillions in coronavirus relief in previous sessions. more