Joe Manchin realizes that Republicans won’t work with him on suffrage
Former Senator Doug Jones said Senator Joe Manchin recognizes that Republicans will not work with him in protecting voting rights.
Video from Jones on MSNBC’s White House Deadline:
Former Senator Doug Jones says Senator Joe Manchin realizes the Republicans don’t want to work with him on suffrage. pic.twitter.com/Kq9kxsq17s
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 18, 2021
Former Senator Jones said:
I believe if Joe and all the other Democrats and Independents we’ve had in the caucus understand that they went as far as they could to get the Republicans on board, and then they have to make a decision. Joe and every other Democrat in the Senate had to make the decision, and that is, will Congress be a prop on what is going on across the country? Election laws are coming so fast, it’s like the California wildfires. If Congress can’t stop that, then I’m not sure anyone up there is doing anything. I think Joe will come to a conclusion if he can’t do anything – let’s say that. If a bill can come on the table that can get a few Republican votes, just a few, not ten, but a few, there is Joe Manchin and others have the opportunity to say that this has found some support
. If you break the filibuster you don’t have to get 60 votes and it would be good to pass with 53, 54, 55 but I think he comes down that fork in the road and concludes that – two things. First, the Republicans don’t seem willing to work with him. Second, it’s great to talk about the bipartisan vote effort. Everyone agrees on that. The best of all worlds, but that doesn’t happen across the country. This is a partisan effort in all states across the country. There is no bipartisanship. I think Joe is starting to realize that too
Former Senator Jones explained why Mitch McConnell specifically said no Republicans would vote for the law. If Republicans vote for the Manchin Compromise, that would open the door for Manchin to say he tried and his bill was bipartisan, and then he could vote on a filibuster vote for the voting rights.
A filibuster carve-out is the goal of the voting rights issue in the Senate. The Senate, when every Democrat gets on board, will pass a modified version of the For The People Act by changing the filibuster rules and republican election rigging efforts will come to a halt.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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