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

President Biden will unveil in Pittsburgh a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the United States crumbling transport network creating millions of jobs and

President Biden will unveil in Pittsburgh a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the United States crumbling transport network creating millions of jobs and

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. The announcement appears to spell the end of the Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill, also known as H.R. 1, at least in its current form. "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". You know, voting is the bedrock of our democracy.

Democrats are already frustrated with the filibuster and could face several more in June. And, two, if he does bring it to the floor, will you vote against that bill?

But an attempt to rid the Senate of the filibuster will divide Democrats and can't pass unless they all agree to vote to get rid of it.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on this week's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday" that the election reform so-called For The People Act was "the wrong piece of legislation" at this time to unite the country, and said that was why it did not have his support.

The biggest party test may come in July when Schumer plans to begin work on part one of President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal. You're the only Democrat in the Senate who is not supporting S-1, the so-called For the People Act.

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Manchin and other centrist Democrats are concerned about the size and scope of the bill, but Manchin also opposes Biden's plan to pay for the measure by raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.

During a phone call with the president Friday, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican negotiator, proposed a new offer to increase about $50 billion in spending across a number of infrastructure programs, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

But it's a long way off, and time is running out.

Manchin also laid to rest the possibility he would ever support ending the filibuster.

"Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants?"

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