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Politics Democrats Rush to Lock Down Lone Holdout Joe Manchin on Eve of Election Vote

07:40  22 june  2021
07:40  22 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

How Joe Manchin speaks for a lot of Americans

  How Joe Manchin speaks for a lot of Americans Manchin is increasingly drawing the ire of progressive Democrats Democrats are lucky they even have a senator representing West Virginia. Furthermore, a look at the Senate math and polls suggests Manchin is not alone in his views of the filibuster. It can't be said enough how Republican leaning West Virginia is. President Joe Biden won 29.7% of the vote against Donald Trump in the 2020 election. That was somehow an improvement over Hillary Clinton's 26% of the vote in 2016. Clinton's was the worst performance for a Democratic presidential candidate since West Virginia became a state. Biden's was the second worst.

Democrats rushed to secure West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin on the eve of a vote for their sweeping federal election reform bill, but the lone holdout has refused to commit to advancing the measure without assurances that his proposals will be included.

a close up of Joe Manchin wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Senator Joe Manchin on Monday night declined to reveal whether he would vote for the Democratic For the People bill. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Senator Joe Manchin on Monday night declined to reveal whether he would vote for the Democratic For the People bill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a procedural vote on the For the People Act Tuesday, which is expected to fail with all Republican members voting against it. Still, Democrats want to send a unified message to contrast against their colleagues' likely unanimous opposition to the bill.

Hundreds protest Manchin's opposition to voting law overhaul

  Hundreds protest Manchin's opposition to voting law overhaul CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators outraged with Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election law marched through West Virginia's capital city on Monday evening. Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, denounced the influential moderate Democratic senator and called for a diverse coalition of working people to apply pressure on Manchin, who recently opposed a $15 minimum wage and the price tag of President Joe Biden's initial $2 trillion infrastructure plan. © Provided by Associated Press Demonstrators outraged with Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S.

Manchin told reporters Monday evening that he needs assurances that his ideas would be adopted into the bill before he commits to supporting it.

"I hope they make some changes, agree with some changes," he said. "We put out an awful lot of changes that hopefully the country will agree with."

The senator's proposed compromise bill zeroes in on tackling partisan gerrymandering and bolstering early voting, while abandoning other provisions including the regulation of campaign finance systems and ethics rules for candidates.

The roughly 800-page H.R.1 legislation passed in the House largely along party lines in March. It contains measures that will make voting easier, make campaign financing more transparent, and improve government ethics.

Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill

  Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is keeping his colleagues guessing on whether he will back a sweeping election bill during a high-profile vote next week. Democrats are expected to hold a key test vote next week on S. 1, titled the For the People Act. The debate will spotlight a simmering months-long fight over voting rights. The measure is guaranteed to run headlong into a filibuster, but Democrats are hoping to at least put up a unified front and keep the focus on GOP opposition - not their own divisions. Progressive activists, meanwhile, want to get all senators in the Democratic caucus to back the bill.

Democrats describe their expansive proposals as anti-corruption legislation that would ramp up voting rights and counter GOP efforts at the state and local level to limit voting access. Republicans have strongly opposed the bill, calling it a Democratic power grab.

Democratic leaders tried and failed to nail down Manchin's support over the weekend. Schumer said on Sunday, "As we speak, we are working to come up with an agreement to compromise with Joe Manchin."

Manchin reportedly met with President Joe Biden in the White House earlier today to continue election reform talks, during which the president expressed optimism at the Senate's ability to find a way to pass the measure.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin on Monday afternoon revealed he "didn't know" how Manchin would vote but said he hopes the senator will "move forward."

GOP lawmakers across 48 states have introduced nearly 400 bills to restrict voting. Critics allege that GOP members are attempting to make participation in elections harder for Democratic voters. The For the People Act would enforce federal uniform voting laws across the country.

McConnell Has Just One Play Against Joe Manchin’s Voting Rights Compromise

  McConnell Has Just One Play Against Joe Manchin’s Voting Rights Compromise The question is if the trick will keep working.It’s not that complicated, even if it has been amazingly successful. But it’s also something that hasn’t really been tested, and that is the part that could be about to change. On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) announced that he could be convinced to vote on Congressional Democrats’ top priorities on voting rights, something he’s previously resisted, and he even offered a list of specific elements he wants to see as part of a compromise on the sprawling “For the People Act,” or S1.

While there's a path to reaching 50 votes, with Manchin, there's no chance of it hitting the 60 votes needed to pass. Several Senate Democrats, including Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema and Dianne Feinstein, have expressed opposition to dumping the filibuster to pass the bill without GOP support.

Newsweek reached out to Manchin's office for further comment. This story will be updated with any response.

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Schumer: 'We Worked it out' After Manchin Votes in Favor of Opening Debate on Voting Bill .
"I've found common ground with my Democratic colleagues on a new version of the bill that ensures our elections are fair, accessible and secure," Manchin said in a statement."Over the past month, I have worked to eliminate the far-reaching provisions of S.1, the For the People Act – which I do not support," Manchin said in a statement sent to Newsweek. "I've found common ground with my Democratic colleagues on a new version of the bill that ensures our elections are fair, accessible and secure.

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