Manchin says he'll vote against Democratic elections bill
Jun 07 2021
They would also force Democratic lawmakers either to unite behind them, or cast votes that publicly break with elements of their party's agenda.
"Voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen, " Sen.
However, Manchin sees potential in the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bipartisan election reform bill, which he supports and hopes to see signed into law.
"If we don't mobilize the two parties on voting law, we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we vowed to protect and protect as elected officials", he said.
The bill would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system.
Democrats have said the federal legislation is necessary, especially to ensure the voting rights of minorities, while accusing Republicans of trying to limit such voting because Blacks overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.
The national voting rights measure would overturn voting restrictions approved by at least 14 Republican-controlled state legislatures that would curb some expanded voting access that was deployed in the 2020 presidential election, such as extended voting hours, drive-through voting at central locations and the widespread use of mail-in balloting.
Republican pollster Patrick Ruffini posed the question, "journalism or advocacy?"
Even if all 50 Democrats remain united, the withdrawal of seven from the Republican faction is not enough to defeat the filibuster. He reiterated that view on Sunday news shows.
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Washington, who now serves as the executive chair for the Charleston County Republican Party, shared his experience during a recent interview with the Epoch Times. "Further weakening filibuster. Or I'm not going to vote for exclusion".
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., one of the measure's lead sponsors, said Sunday he was disappointed by Manchin's opposition.
"I believe there's a lot more of my Republican colleagues and friends that feel the same way".
Democrats slammed Manchin for his decision on the election bill.
Manchin published an essay in the Charleston Gazette-Mail explaining he will vote against the "For The People Act" because the bill has been advanced through partisan channels.
Manchin's intention to oppose the voting rights bill if it is brought to the Senate floor will complicate matters for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has vowed to advance the legislation despite having no support from Republicans.
Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have frustrated their party by their defense of the filibuster.
He also attacked Democrats for seeking to eliminate the filibuster, saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely". "There's ways we can move forward", he said. "I'm going to fight like heck with every tool at my disposal for its passage".
Manchin also reaffirmed that he will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.
In March, the House passed the For the People Act in a near-party line 220-210 vote.
This measure has been a priority for Democrats since it won a majority in the House of Representatives in 2018. But it has taken on added urgency in the wake of President Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 election, which incited the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Manchin again emphasized on Fox News Sunday his defense of keeping the filibuster.