An upcoming book will reportedly detail how United States President Joe Biden called West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) to convince him to vote in favor of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, warning him that by dragging his feet, “[Y]ou’re really f***ing me.”
In detail: On March 5, Manchin was still waffling over whether to support the $1.9 trillion stimulus package when, according to a new book, Biden decided to call the Senator directly.
“If you don’t come along on this, you’re really f***ing me,” Biden allegedly told Manchin on the phone call.
According to reports, on the same day as the phone call from Biden, Manchin was deliberating with fellow Democrats on the size of weekly unemployment benefit checks.
The stimulus package, known as the American Rescue Plan, passed the next day in a 50-49 vote.
Worth noting: The book also describes how Biden obtained the political endorsement of South Carolina Representative and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D) in February 2020 by pledging to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, if given the opportunity.
At the behest of Clyburn, Biden stated his intentions during a debate, and Clyburn announced that he would be endorsing Biden the next day.
The book is called Peril, written by The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, and it is set to be released next week.
The big picture: Manchin has earned a reputation as a centrist Democrat, continually arguing for less spending in Congress.
On Tuesday, Manchin voiced his hope to pause a 10-year $3.5 trillion spending package currently being debated in Congress that would go toward social programs, climate initiatives, and safety net expansion.
It has been reported that President Biden again plans to reach out to the West Virginia Senator to garner support for the package. They are set to meet Wednesday evening.
As in previous spending bills, Democrats will need unanimous support from their Senators in order to get the bill passed.
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