Manchin is in favor of expanding background checks on gun purchases and has touted his own legislation.
The senator reaffirmed that he doesn't support two restrictions on gun purchases that President Joe Biden says could prevent more deadly mass shootings.
Meanwhile, 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents support an increase in the federal minimum wage.
"There's no way that I would vote to prevent the minority from having input into the process in the Senate," Manchin said.
Republican Governor Jim Justice wants to eliminate personal income taxes in the state over the next few years.
"I think that every Republican wants to raise the minimum wage," said the Democratic senator from West Virginia. "Everyone's just not in sync with Bernie Sanders at $15."
The West Virginia Democrat has spoken of his desires to work in a bipartisan manner, and his own preference for a minimum wage rise but below the $15 an hour mark.
Gov. Jim Justice wants to phase out personal income taxes in the state starting with a 60 percent cut next year.
"I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying," Manchin said in a Sunday interview.
"That would be horrible" if Americans thought he enjoyed the power, said the Democratic lawmaker. "I want to make sure people understand. I am in that common-sense middle."
"There's things we can talk about," the West Virginia Democrat said, suggesting modifications could be made to the Senate's contentious legislative rule.
"I did everything I could to bring us together so we'd have more support, and the public would get the needed help, as needed," the Democratic West Virginia Senator said.
The process was stalled for 12 hours when Democrats couldn't agree on an amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders.
The original bill passed by the House offered an additional $400 weekly payment through August, while Republicans proposed a $300 payment through July. A third proposal offered a $300 payments through October.
Manchin is considering two proposals that would lower weekly unemployment benefits. However, the Biden Administration seems willing to accept a compromise
The House previously passed a version of the bill that would raise the weekly unemployment payments to $400.
Manchin received a 'D' rating from the NRA during his 2018 campaign and the gun rights group endorsed his opponent.
"I don't mind looking at increasing the minimum wage in a responsible way," Graham said. "That will be easier for business and get us to where we want to go."
The two Democratic lawmakers have shared opposing views on issues of late, such as the minimum wage and stimulus checks.
Manchin's overall favorability rating sat at negative 11 percent, with a further 47 percent indicating they had no opinion of him.
"We have a responsibility to show people in this country what a Democratic majority can do for working people," the New York progressive said.
While a majority (60 percent) of voters approve of the increase to $15 per hour, 71 percent support a more modest hike to $11.
"It now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities," Tanden wrote.
Moderate Democrats oppose eliminating the Senate's controversial legislative rule, but there are less drastic options lawmakers could consider.
The moderate Democrat said businesses that are reopening by summer will need their employees back at work.
Republicans continue to criticize the Democrats' relief plans, taking issue with the reconciliation process being used to push them through.
Sen. Joe Manchin is in favor of lowering the income threshold for those receiving $14,000 relief checks.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that Biden is still open to lowering the income threshold for the direct payments.
There is much talk of political realignment these days. But both parties at large remain wedded to tired orthodoxies, bombing the same places over there, as everything from infrastructure to healthcare crumbles here.