President Joe Biden wasted little time making news during a CNN town hall appearance in Baltimore Thursday night, saying he disagreed with a proposal by a senator whose vote is critical to the passage of the Democrats’ main spending bill.
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His first question came from a Morgan State University employee with two young children who asked about Biden’s child tax credit plan. When Biden began explaining the program, host Anderson Cooper jumped in to ask if he would support a work requirement, which has been floated by Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Senate’s most conservative Democrat.
“No,” Biden said flatly. “Here’s the deal: All these people are working anyway. And, by the way, why should somebody who is not working, and who has a million-dollar trust fund, why should they get the benefit when someone who is making $60,000 and not working, staying home, why should they not get anything? I don’t get that.”
Biden also said he’s now supporting four weeks of paid parental leave for new parents, down from a previously proposed 12 weeks.
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“It is down to four weeks,” the president confirmed. “The reason it’s down to four weeks is because I can’t get 12 weeks.”
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