Undocumented people cannot receive direct payments through the latest coronavirus relief package because individuals must have traditional social security numbers in order to qualify for checks.
"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."
The Senate approved the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with some changes that will impact direct payments, unemployment insurance and child tax credit.
The Senate has cleared President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, almost a year after the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law.
"We need recurring payments," the Massachusetts senator said. "We will not stop until we pass at least a $15 federal minimum wage, and that includes abolishing the filibuster to ensure we give our workers a raise."
House progressives have indicated that they may withhold their votes for the sprawling bill to leverage the party into fighting harder for the $15 minimum wage.
The legislation will now be sent back to the House of Representatives for approval before it can be signed into law by the president—a process that lawmakers pledge will happen before March 14, when current unemployment benefits are set to expire.
The Democratic Michigan senator also criticized some of her Republican colleagues filing amendments that sought to cut the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
The process was stalled for 12 hours when Democrats couldn't agree on an amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders.
The deceased children's author has become a recent flashback in debates about so-called "cancel culture."
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.
Sen. Sullivan's father-in-law recently passed away, and he is flying back Friday evening to Fairbanks, Alaska for the funeral.
The House previously passed a version of the bill that would raise the weekly unemployment payments to $400.
"As a former governor, if the federal government is going to be handing out billions of dollars, I'm going to have my hand out to get as much as I can," Romney said.
In his arguments against the Democratic-led COVID-19 relief bill, Republican Sen. John Kennedy made an analogy referring to film mogul and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.
The Pennsylvania senator criticized aspects of the COVID-19 relief bill, as Republicans continue to brand it too costly and suggest money will be spent in areas it should not be.
The Michigan Republican congressman told Fox Business that COVID relief should help individuals more than states.
Polling has shown many Americans have struggled to pay for basic living costs in recent months, as the COVID-19 continues to pose hardships across the nation.
The Senate Minority Leader also predicted that Senate Democrats will unite and pass Biden's $1.9 trillion bill soon.
Manchin's overall favorability rating sat at negative 11 percent, with a further 47 percent indicating they had no opinion of him.
Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin expressed hope that Democratic leaders would refrain from "screwing too many things up."
The road to passing President Joe Biden's priority coronavirus relief package just got a lot longer.
Democrats and Republicans reportedly reached a deal to limit the number of people who will receive a third stimulus check, one of the few measures that has broad bipartisan support.
A provision to raise the minimum wage in the U.S. may be removed from the COVID-19 stimulus bill in the Senate
The California Democrat questioned the extent to which Americans care about the decision that several of the author's books will no longer be published.
Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill suggested that Republicans could struggle to oppose the bill now that the two projects have been removed.
"It is my hope that at the end, Senate Republicans will unanimously oppose it just like House Republicans did," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
Republicans are carrying forward a tough-on-China agenda that's already putting them at odds with their Democratic colleagues. The American Rescue Act is no exception to conservatives' will to impose measures they see as preventing China from enjoying favors from the U.S.
The findings come as President Joe Biden's stimulus deal, approved by the House, awaits a vote in the Senate.