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Last week Joe Biden promised “immediate” $2,000 coronavirus relief checks if Democrats regained control of the Senate – and they did. But now West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is threatening to be the only person standing between millions of struggling Americans and long-awaited assistance. We can’t let him get away with it.

Click here to write a letter to Joe Manchin urging him to support $2,000 relief payments.

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Why is the Democratic senator who represents the third poorest state in the U.S. – and who is worth $7 million himself – threatening to block payouts to his constituents? Just a few days ago, Joe Manchin told the Washington Post, “I don’t know where in the hell $2,000 came from...that’s another $400 billion.” Meanwhile in December, he voted to approve a military budget of $731.6 billion.

Joe Manchin is notoriously the most conservative Democrat in the Senate and is expected to be a possible swing vote in the new Senate. But even Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has admitted that the $600 payment sent this month was insufficient and has voiced support for $2,000 checks. The circumstances are especially dire now, as the only aid check prior was issued 9 months ago. People are understandably angry.

If Joe Manchin chooses to oppose direct payments of $2,000 to the 70% of West Virginians who qualify, his vote alone could be the one that kills the legislation.

First he said, “Absolutely not.”  Then he backpedaled.  He’ll consider it maybe if it’s limited to only those who need it. Are you among the West Virginians who DON’T?

Tell Joe Manchin he MUST support $2,000 relief payments.  And be sure to forward this email to your family and friends.

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Background:
>> Jeff Stein, Erica Werner, Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post: “Biden assembling multitrillion-dollar stimulus plan with checks, unemployment aid"
>> Julia Conley, Common Dreams: “Just as Democrats Claim Senate Majority, Manchin Condemned for Vowing to 'Absolutely Not' Support $2,000 Check"
>> Jacob Pramuk, CNBC: “Democratic Sen. Manchin casts doubts on $2,000 direct payments, jeopardizing passage"


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