FWIW: Manchin's spokesperson tells me he isn't drawing a red line against $2K checks, that he's open to hearing Biden admin's case for new payments but believes vaccine distribution should be a higher priority; he does prefer relief that's targeted to those who've lost their job.
As Manchin’s office tells it, his “absolutely not” quote was meant as a response to whether $2,000 checks should be the #1 priority now; he’s not with Schumer on that part, but doesn’t promise to vote against more direct cash either.
Sounds to me like a walk-back or a misunderstanding for Manchin. Either way it wouldn’t be the first time.
And here’s Manchin weighing in, keeping the door open to new checks.

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