With all the uncertainty in Washington D.C. right now, it's being reported that some Americans could get two stimulus checks this winter. BGR reports that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently addressed the lack of child tax credit payments in January by implying that eligible families could receive a double payment in February, equaling the amount of two checks. "If we get it done in January," she said. "We've talked to Treasury officials and others about doing double payments in February as an option."
The main reason that the Child Tax Credit checks, that many American families have been getting for the past few months, are not happening in January is due to President Biden's nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better plan loosing the support it needed to move forward. West Virgina Senator Jon Manchin (D) pulled out of supporting the bill, which keeps it from having the number of Senate votes need to move forward. BGR notes that the IRS advised the Biden administration that in order to have the January payments ready, the bill would have to been signed by the President very soon. The Senate is now adjourned until the new year, meaning that there is no way for the bill to get approved in time for the January Child Tax Credit payments.
Joe Manchin is facing calls from a powerful group to reconsider his opposition to the Build Back Better Act: Coal miners.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 22, 2021
America's largest coal mining union has put out a statement lauding the legislation and pushing Manchin to take a do-over.https://t.co/xVM4RWM2zY
Notably, Manchin has come under fire from many of his fellow Democrat politicians for refusing to support Build Back Better. "If Sen. Joe Manchin wants to vote against the Build Back Better Act, he should have the opportunity to do so with a floor vote," said Maine Senator, and former presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. "He should have to explain to West Virginians and the American people why he doesn't have the courage to stand up."
The West Virginia Senator has also faced criticisms that he is not a true Democrat since he has displayed a pattern of opposing legislation posed by the party he claims. When asked if there is still a place for him in the Democrat party, Manchin replied, "Well, I think." He continued, per CNN, "I would like to hope that there are still Democrats that feel like I do. ... I'm socially -- I'm fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now, if there's no Democrats like that, then they'll have to push me wherever they want me." On Sunday, Manchin and President Biden reportedly sat down for a conversation about the Build Back Better plan, and it was decided that in January they would revisit negotiating on how they can get the bill passed.