Manchin tanks Democrats' hopes of going it alone on their sweeping agenda

Carla Harmon
June 7, 2021

Senator Joe Manchin (D- WV) said on Sunday he's not being "naive" about bipartisan cooperation when pressed by Chris Wallace. This means that numerous Democratic Party's top priorities, from voting rights to gun control, are disabled upon arrival. "Today's debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage".

Republican senators last month successfully filibustered legislation creating a January 6 commission; Manchin and 53 other senators voted for such group to investigate the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol led by Donald Trump supporters. Among dozens of other provisions, it would require states to offer 15 days of early voting and allow no-excuse absentee balloting.

"Joe Manchin. he's a Republican".

Even if all 50 Democrats remain united, the withdrawal of seven from the Republican faction is not enough to defeat the filibuster.

In appearances on two Sunday news shows, Manchin stressed his reasons for opposing the bill, including his view that it is too broad.

"Manchin's op-ed might as well be titled, 'Why I'll vote to preserve Jim Crow, '" Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) smeared. "Enough carrots, whatev sticks they have, it's time", another person said.

Manchin said lawmakers should instead focus their energies on revitalizing the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013. Manchin reiterated he would not vote "weaken or eliminate the filibuster", a route that many Democrats see as the only realistic path forward.

Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Cinema frustrated the party by defending Filibuster, but not only them, but as many as 10 Democratic Senators are reluctant to change the rules.

Manchin advocated for an update to the Voting Rights Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, that "would update the formula states and localities must use to ensure proposed voting laws do not restrict the rights of any particular group or population".

Biden also seemed to call out Manchin and Sinema for stalling action on voting measures, though he has not said he wants to end the filibuster. Biden stated, "we know here, in this hallowed place, we simply can't bury pain and trauma forever and at some point there will be a reckoning, an inflection point like we're facing right now as a nation". "I'm going to fight like heck with every tool at my disposal for its passage".

Democrats have pushed the legislation as Republican-led state legislatures have passed voting legislation that some groups fear would suppress voting by people of color.

In the column Charleston Gazette Mail " I believe that partisan voting will break the already weakening bondage of democracy, so I vote against people's law", Manchin said. He has at times proven to be a thorn in the Biden administration's side by crossing party lines to oppose legislation or block White House appointees. The bill will limit party gerrymandering in parliamentary constituencies, remove voting hurdles, and provide transparency to the campaign finance system, which allows wealthy donors to anonymously provide political funding.

The measure has been a priority for Democrats since they won their House majority in 2018. However, following President Donald Trump's false allegations about the 2020 presidential election, the urgency increased and a riot broke out in the Capitol on January 6. Manchin again emphasized on Fox News Sunday his defense of keeping the filibuster.

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