Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) reportedly set new red lines for the Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill, this time making demands regarding the expanded child tax credit provision.
Axios reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter, that Manchin advised the White House that the child tax credit must have an “established work” requirement and a family income limit of around $60,000 if Democrats want his vote for the package.
These demands, Axios noted, would significantly weaken the Child Tax Credit, which is one of President Biden’s main programs to help working families. It would also lower the price of the spending bill, which Manchin and fellow moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) have both deemed too high.
However, progressives are unlikely to accept the reduced version of the child tax credit, according to Axios.
Manchin has previously called for work requirements for the child tax credit, in addition to “means testing” to cap the income of people who can receive benefits under the program.
He told reporters late last month: ‘I want work requirements for everything. Means tests and work requirements.
On September 12, Manchin told CNN’s Dana Bash that while he supports child tax credits and “trying to help kids,” he wants to “make sure we get them to the right people.”
“There are no work requirements. There is no education requirement whatsoever for better skills. Don’t you think that if we want to help children, people should make an effort? said Manchin.
The senator’s demands would also make significant changes to the child tax credit after the president signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in March that funded the program for a year. The program will now award most families up to $3,600 per year instead of $2,000 per year and deposit payments directly into bank accounts.
Manchin has, however, signaled that he is ready to support Biden’s $450 billion initiative to subsidize child care and provide free universal preschool, sources told Axios. He would have liked to see stricter income caps placed on child care subsidies, but to keep preschool free.
The Hill reached out to Manchin for comment.
Manchin has drawn a number of red lines for the reconciliation package in recent weeks as he seeks to wield his power during negotiations between the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Democrats need the support of the party’s 50 senators to get the reconciliation bill through Biden’s desk.
On Friday, a number of reports surfaced that the clean electricity payment program, which is key to Democrats’ fight against climate change, would likely be dropped from the reconciliation package due to opposition from Manchin – progressives infuriating people who see it as central to their agenda. .
The program incentivizes utilities to switch to clean energy sources by implementing subsidies and fines and is key to meeting Biden’s goal of reducing emissions by 50% from the country’s 2005 level. by the end of this decade.
Last month, the West Virginia Democrat also said Hyde’s controversial amendment had to be included in the spending package if Democrats wanted his support. Under the law, in effect since 1976, Medicaid and other federal programs are not allowed to fund abortion costs.
manchin said National exam last month that the bill is “dead on arrival” if it does not include the Hyde Amendment. However, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she won’t vote for any bill that includes the amendment.
And Sinema has his own qualms with the legislation. The Arizona Democrat said she would not support the reconciliation package until the House approves the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate, which she helped broker, according to Reuters. That puts her at odds with House Progressives, who say they won’t vote for the infrastructure bill until the Senate passes the reconciliation package.
Additionally, Manchin and Sinema were not prepared to accept Biden’s new compromise price of between $1.9 trillion and $2.2 trillion for the reconciliation package, according to Axios.