Manchin says he will vote against Democrats’ voting rights bill
US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attends a press conference at the Marriott Hotel at Waterfront Place on June 3, 2021 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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His. Joe manchin said Sunday would vote against the Radical Federal Election Reform Bill introduced by Congressional Democrats, called the For the People Act, a measure essentially ensuring that legislation will not pass in Congress.
“I believe partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakened blinds of our democracy, and for that reason I will be voting against the For The People Act,” the moderate West Virginia Democrat wrote in an op-ed. published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
“The truth, I would say, is that partisan voting and electoral reform will virtually ensure that partisan divisions continue to deepen,” Manchin wrote.
The Voting Rights Bill, also known as S.1, would require a minimum of 10 GOP votes to get past the filibuster and move to a final adoption vote.
The legislation contains provisions to facilitate registration and voting, combat gerrymandering, improve election cybersecurity, and reform campaign finance, among others. Republicans opposed it and without Manchin’s backing the legislation is unlikely to pass.
Manchin said he would instead support John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act, which would reinstate a provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act that was weakened by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Manchin too reiterated that he would not support removing the obstruction, a measure that would block parts of the president Joe bidenthe legislative agenda on issues such as voting rights and climate change.
The filibuster demands that the legislation receive 60 votes in the Senate, which is split 50-50 equally between Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats lobbied to remove or reform obstruction in order to pass an election reform law. Biden said he supported reform but not the elimination of filibuster.