Coronavirus Bill Stalled Due To Joe Manchin’s Gripes About Unemployment Benefits

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In a last-ditch effort to get every single Democrat behind the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, Democrats on Friday made a change to jobless benefits in order to win over moderate senators. But the change has ground the bill to a halt unexpectedly due to concerns from a key moderate Democrat.

The new proposal, sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), would offer $300 in weekly added unemployment benefits, instead of the $400 per week Democrats initially included in the bill, but extend the benefits for another month, until the beginning…


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