Joe Manchin secures changes to COVID relief unemployment benefits: report
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Image via screengrab.

Senate Democrats have reached an agreement on unemployment benefits in the coronavirus relief legislation after a nine-hour standoff, The Washington Post reported Friday evening.

"The agreement would extend the existing $300 weekly unemployment benefit through Sept. 6, as well as provide tax relief on benefits for households making under $150,000," the newspaper reported.

Manchin defended his actions to limit relief in a statement.

"The President has made it clear we will have enough vaccines for every American by the end of May and I am confident the economic recovery will follow. We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being hit with unexpected tax bill next year," Manchin said. "Those making less than $150,000 and receiving unemployment will be eligible for a $10,200 tax break. Unemployment benefits will be extended through the end of August."

Read the full report.