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Manchin, Sinema Tell Democrats Where They Can Stick Their Extremist Agenda

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) will not support Biden’s spending plan and both he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are not playing ball on removing the filibuster. The two hold-outs will likely end Democrats’ partisan plan to pass two signature agenda items ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections.

Manchin has repeatedly signaled that he can not and will not support President Biden’s extremist spending agenda in its present form. Now, he says he’s against anything remotely like Build Back Better, the For the People Act, and that removing the Senate filibuster is a “heavy lift.”

The West Virginia Senator asserted that “the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized,” and that some Democrats have “attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.”

Without Manchin, Build Back Better is dead, and without the removal of the filibuster, the wrongly-named For the People Act (FPA) will suffer a similar fate.

“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. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, wrote in an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette.

Machin’s non-commital answer on the filibuster adds strength to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) pledge to vote against any attempt to remove the rule which means FPA would need 60 votes to finish debate and go on to a final vote. Even with a few GOP defectors, there are not enough votes to get there.

A spokesperson for Sinema said that the Senator “continues to support the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, to protect the country from repeated radical reversals in federal policy which would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions, and further erode Americans’ confidence in our government.”

Sinema is in support of the FPA, but not the extreme measures Sen. Chuck Schumer and others in the party want to use to pass it.

With Manchin and Sinema in opposition and all Senate Republicans against, Schumer and Biden have only 48 Senators willing to vote for partisan hackery.

correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the Democrats’ voting bill as the Voting Rights Act, it has been corrected.

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