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Manchin says bipartisan coronavirus relief bill will be unveiled Monday

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinNixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Democrats face mounting hurdles to agenda MORE (D-W.V.) said Sunday that the bipartisan Gang of Eight will release a short-term coronavirus relief package Monday.

“The plan is alive and well, and there is no way we’re going to leave Washington without taking care of the emergency needs of our people,” Manchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’ll have a bill produced for the American people tomorrow, $908 billion.”

“The bottom line is there’s a lot of parts to this. ... You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he added. “We’re trying to get through the toughest first quarter of our country that we’ve ever faced. We’ve got people without nutrition, without shelter. We’ve got people without paychecks that are unemployed. We have health care workers. We have schools that need to be attended to. This covers all of that. This is strictly an emergency measure.”

Manchin acknowledged that “there’s no guarantee” that the measure will pass Congress, adding that “there’s 535 people that have to vote. ... I can’t guarantee they’re all going to vote for it and pass it, but I can tell you one thing: What’s the alternative?”

“We’ve done everything we can to put an all-inclusive product together,” he added. “In an emergency situation, we need this legislation.”

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsCEOs say proposed Biden tax hike would hurt competitiveness Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Buttigieg: Biden will have 'open mind' toward changes to infrastructure bill MORE (D-Del.) said there was "real optimism" surrounding the measure.

"We should not leave for the holidays until we have adopted that $908 billion framework to give a next round of relief to the millions of Americans who are facing eviction, hunger, unemployment, disease. It includes funding for vaccine distribution and $300 billion for small businesses to keep them afloat or help them reopen," he said.

Fox’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE also asked Manchin if any of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE’s Cabinet nominees “give you heartburn,” noting that Manchin had opposed Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyBiden administration unveils network of community leaders to urge COVID-19 vaccinations Pavlich: The Democrats next 'public health' power grab is coming The Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control MORE, Biden’s nominee for surgeon general, when he served in the Obama administration.

“I think a president ought to put their team together unless that person has done something wrong or runs totally amok of what I believe,” Manchin responded.  “I’m going to look at each one of them. There might be some that I don’t agree with. We haven’t done the personal interviews yet before we confirm. I look forward to that.”