Key Democratic Senator Says Will Oppose US Voting Rights Act
Key Democratic Senator Says Will Oppose US Voting Rights Act
Sen. Joe Manchin bucks Democrats on election reform bill, filibuster — and liberals are angry
07 June, 2021, 19:11
Probably the most conservative Democrat in the U.S. Senate with 100 members, Manchin is too partisan in an opinion piece from the local newspaper Charleston Gazette Mail and an interview on Fox News Sunday television.
Manchin, 73, represents one of the most right-leaning states in the nation.
Manchin is the only Democratic senator to not sponsor the For the People Act, which would require states to take steps encouraging voter registration and increasing early and absentee voting.
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Jones' criticism may not be the only backlash Manchin receives from within his own party - Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that House progressives are becoming "fed up with efforts to accommodate Republican senators", though it seems unlikely that the senator will be influenced by the reactions.
"I am open to any dialogue about the provisions of the bill and will not abandon American democracy", he said.
Bowman continued, "Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship". But they aren't alone, with as many as 10 Democratic senators also reluctant to change the rules. Whether it is state laws that seek to needlessly restrict voting or politicians who ignore the need to secure our elections, partisan policymaking won't instill confidence in our democracy - it will destroy it.
"I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act", Manchin said. In response, 33 Senate Democrats penned a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell warning against eliminating the filibuster.
Democrats saw their majority in the House of Representatives eroded in the November 2020 elections, but won an effective majority by one in the Senate due to Vice President Kamala Harris' formal role as chair of the upper chamber.
The legislation would force states to allow mail-in voting and establish an independent commission to redraw congressional districts to, in theory, prevent partisan gerrymandering. Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? However, the voting rights bill would have to clear the 60-vote threshold to withstand a legislative filibuster and proceed to a vote where it could pass with a simple majority.
He wrote: "My Republican colleague Senator Lisa Murkowski (Lisa Murkowski) joins me in urging the Senate leadership to update and pass the bill through regular orders". "For as long as I have the privilege of being your USA senator, I will fight to represent the people of West Virginia, to seek bipartisan compromise no matter how hard and to develop the political bonds that end divisions and help unite the country we love".
The White House has said the bill "is urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, and to fix and strengthen American democracy", while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the bill "would weaken the security of our elections and make it harder to protect against voter fraud".
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