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

Joanna Estrada
June 6, 2021

"I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy", Sen.

"Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster", he said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president is interested in looping in centrist Democrats who also favor a bipartisan accord on fixing the nation's crumbling roads, bridges, and waterways. "I continue to engage with my Republican and Democratic colleagues about the value of the [bill], and I am encouraged by the desire from both sides to transcend politics and strengthen our democracy by protecting voting rights".

Beginning next week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will face a wave of Republican filibusters as well as divisions within his own party that threaten to tank the Democratic agenda. You know, voting is the bedrock of our democracy.

As it stands, the $1.7 trillion measure lacks any GOP support and could fall short of enough votes for Democrats to pass unilaterally using a special budgetary tactic.

Unluckily, however, Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has proven to be an obstacle now that Democrats control the House, Senate and Oval Office.

Manchin has for months opposed efforts to end the filibuster, but that seems to have only intensified liberal impatience to kill it. "What I've seen during my time in Washington is that every party in power will always want to exercise absolute power, absolutely", he warned.

With the 60-vote threshold needed in a 50-50 Senate, Republicans blocked a bill to establish a commission to study the January 6 insurrection, remain positioned to stop election legislation, have a negotiating advantage in infrastructure talks and have ensured Biden has no room for error when it comes to his nominations - including a possible Supreme Court appointment. "By taking it off the table, haven't you empowered Republicans to be obstructionists?" he asked.

The West Virginia senator's comments also came after President Biden on Tuesday took a jab at Manchin during remarks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

U.S. President Joe Biden offered to scrap his proposed corporate tax hike during negotiations with Republicans, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in what would be a major concession by the Democratic president as he works to hammer out an infrastructure deal.

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