Manchin pumps brakes on 4 of weeks paid family leave, Medicare vouchers in spending bill

Democrats are optimistic that a deal on Biden's social safety net package is imminent, but disagreements on key issues remain.

10/26/2021 5:32:00 AM

Paid family leave, one of the hallmarks of President Biden's social safety net agenda, is in jeopardy of being pared down once again or even cut from a major spending bill over a lack of support from Sen. Manchin.

Democrats are optimistic that a deal on Biden's social safety net package is imminent, but disagreements on key issues remain.

at UCLA.Manchin is also souring on Medicare vouchers to help cover annual dental costs, as well as a push to expand Medicaid in Republican-led states that have not expanded coverage. Biden's original proposal called for broadening Medicare coverage to include dental care.

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Some Democrats said too many key components of Biden's spending package have already been gutted to satisfy Manchin andof Arizona, the other Democratic holdout in the Senate. New opposition to paid family leave, a priority for Biden and progressives, would mark a significant setback in negotiations over the bill.

During a trip to New Jersey on Monday,Bidencommended Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, for offering paid leave but made little mention of his own leave proposal.President Joe Biden speaks Monday at the NJ Transit Meadowlands Maintenance Complex in Kearny, N.J., to promote his "Build Back Better" agenda.

Evan Vucci / AP"These bills are about competitiveness versus complacency," Biden said."They're about expanding opportunity, not opportunity denied. They're about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by."

Advocates had felt confident that four weeks of paid leave would make it into the final bill, especially because the provision meets Manchin's criteria for work requirements and means testing. But optimism appeared to drop over the weekend as advocacy groups sent email blasts asking allies to ramp up their efforts to support paid leave on social media, according to emails obtained by NBC News.

After Republicans made clear they would unanimously oppose Biden's social safety net bill, Democrats have been forced to hammer out legislation that can pass with simple majorities in the House and the Senate.Without any Republican support, Democrats cannot afford to lose any of their 50 votes in the Senate and must hold their narrow majority together in the House.

Moderate Democrats, especially Manchin and Sinema, have taken issue with several aspects of Biden's spending agenda and have sought a smaller price tag than the $3.5 trillion top line that was initially proposed. Biden had hoped to get the bill passed by the end of the summer, but internal negotiations have dragged on for months.

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Biden told reporters Monday that it is his"hope" to get a deal done before he leaves this week for thein Rome and the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland."It'd be very, very positive to get it done before the trip," Biden said.

Schumer, who joined Manchin onSunday at Biden's homein Delaware to discuss the spending bill, said Monday that there were"three or four outstanding issues." He did not go into detail."No one ever said passing transformational legislation like this would be easy, but we are on track to get this done," Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Some House Democrats are putting pressure on Manchin to keep certain components of Biden's proposal intact.Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., called Manchin on Sunday after his meeting with Biden, and the two lawmakers discussed Medicaid, multiple sources confirmed. South Carolina is one of the Republican-led states that did not accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

Congressional Democrats are also searching for a way to pay for the social safety net legislation, particularly after Sinema objected to raising the tax rates for the highest tax bracket and on corporations.Democrats are discussing a surtax on people who make more than $10 million a year, two sources familiar with the negotiations said. But that would increase federal revenue by only about $63 billion for a bill that is expected to approach $2 trillion. A similar proposal, which would have set the threshold at $5 million a year, was not supported by Sinema, the sources said.

Another revenue-raising plan in the works is a so-called billionaire's tax. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told reporters Monday that he plans to release his proposal this week, a strong sign that Sinema will not oppose it.Ali Vitali

Ali Vitali is a political reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.Leigh Ann CaldwellLeigh Ann Caldwell is an NBC News correspondent.Frank Thorp VFrank Thorp V is a producer and off-air reporter covering Congress for NBC News, managing coverage of the Senate.

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So men who want to force women to give birth now object giving them time to spend with the babies. And forget about mothers. What about babies? They only matter in utero? And once they are born they are on their own - they don’t need to be cared by their mothers? Unbelievable. I know this logic will make some people's blood boil but perspective parents could always save money and prepare themselves before having children instead of asking employers and the government for help after the fact.

He needs to go. Please be sure to vote next year and elect more Dems to the House and Senate. Family leave You work and pay for people to stay home for about half a year on FMLA that can range from allergies to sinus problems to pregnancies. All you need is for your doc to diagnose you for almost anything. Dems are doing all they can to cut the workforce. And bill you.

I hope they vote this incomplete Manchin out He cares NOTHING about the people of the USA Government spent almost double what it brought in for 2 years in a row. But sure let's just focus on shaming one senator. And not look at any other issues, policies, finances, larger issues, or appreciate the other spending that was passed.

GeoffRBennett fail USProgressives POTUS All Democrats, Independents and disheartened Republicans come together and vote blue and 'defeat the Trumplicans' and save our Democracy! There's no comparison: 'Make America Great Again' lie was just an empty marketing jingle with no substance at all and that's a fact! The 'Build Back Better Act' is concrete. A Bill (HR5376) that lays out a actual plan to rebuild working-middle class families & infrastructures!

West Virginia is the third poorest state in the U.S So, what or who does Manchin represent? Definitely not his constituents! Canada has a year of paid maternity leave, and 18 months job protection. And 4 weeks is too much for Manchin? Wake up people. It works in other countries. Demand more from your elected officials. Children deserve a good start in life!

Biden to host Manchin in Delaware to discuss finalizing spending billPresident Joe Biden will host critical moderate Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at his home in Delaware on Sunday morning in a push to finalize an agreement on a sweeping economic and climate package, a White House official tells CNN Sen_JoeManchin is bringing level and sensible negotiations to an unstable mind. Acosta Manchen is corrupt,no matter how many meetings you hold he Is not going to change.Kick him out of the Democratic Party. What the f*ck is moderate about Joe Manchin? As we sit with half the country on fire & the other underwater... as millions struggle under medical & student debt... a better question would be: What the f*ck is a moderate? Just a gutless corporate puppet in a blue tie! Do better!

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Biden 'Positive' On Budget Deal As Manchin Appears OK With Wealth TaxPresident Joe Biden says he feels 'very positive' about reaching a deal on his big domestic policy bill. Ianbins I wouldn't give him any more money until he can prove he will get positive results and not just waste it. Because of 'republican' Manchin, how much did people on social security lose in this new deal you came to ? POTUS The only difference between the GOP and the DEMS is the GOP screws us with their actions and the DEMS screw us with their inaction. Do the job you were elected to do. America can't wait much longer. No more half measures.