WHAT DID SEN. MANCHIN DO?
WHAT DID SEN. MANCHIN DO?
Senate Republicans on Tuesday were poised to block Democrats’ landmark legislation on voting rights later in the day, but West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who had been holding out, announced he would join his colleagues in a show of unity against the GOP move.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Manchin will vote to move forward with debate on the measure in exchange for a promise from Schumer that Manchin’s proposed amendment with major changes would get a vote if debate opened.
Manchin released a statement saying while he does not support the original bill Democrats are pushing, he has “found common ground” on a possible new version.
Earlier, Manchin told ABC News Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott, “We’ve just got to keep working. That’s what we’re here for.”
The sweeping voting rights bill — is a top priority for congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden — but even with Manchin agreeing to vote to open debate, it appears certain Republicans will succeed in blocking the For the People Act from moving forward.
Despite Democrats not having the 60 votes necessary to overcome a GOP filibuster on the revised version of the S.1 elections reform bill, Schumer said Monday he’s holding the vote, so even if it fails as expected, it will show Americans that congressional Republicans are actively making it harder for people to vote.
“It is spectacularly obvious that Republicans are making it harder to vote and easier to steal an election. The big lie that started with Donald Trump is infecting them,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor. “Republicans across the country are trying to stop the other side from voting that tears — rips apart — the very fabric of our democracy.”
“Donald Trump lied over and over and over again, poisoning our democracy, lighting a fire beneath Republican state legislatures who immediately launched the most sweeping voter suppression effort in at least 80 years,” he said.
The legislation is a sweeping election reform law that seeks to expand voter access to ballots through automatic registration, increased absentee ballots and early voting — hallmarks of the pandemic — as well as broaden campaign finance disclosures, limit partisan gerrymandering and institute federally financed campaigns.
Manchin has called for changes to the legislation, saying he wants to institute a more lenient form of voter ID — something Democrats have opposed in the past, as well as allow for some purging of voter rolls and make Election Day a federal holiday.
Late Tuesday, the White House said Biden met with Manchin to discuss the voting rights legislation. Biden separately met with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who supports the bill but not ending the filibuster in order to pass it. She published an op-ed in the Washington Post following the meeting to reiterate her position.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday the Biden administration’s fight for voting rights is not over — “no matter the outcome.” . . .
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell countered Schumer Monday by accusing Democrats of trying to stage a takeover of the voting system and said Democrats have changed how they’re trying to justify robust voting reform.
“The arguments here have one big thing in common with the ones our colleagues have deployed against the filibuster: Debunked claims of racism,” McConnell said. “African American turnout was twice as high in Mississippi.” . . .
“At the end of the day which concocted crisis Democrats use as a justification for their top legislative priority doesn’t make much difference. They’ve made it abundantly clear that the real driving force behind S.1 is a desire to rig the rules of American elections permanently in Democrats’ favor,” McConnell, R-Ky., continued.
The Democratic effort comes amid unprecedented action on voting rights and elections at the state level. The Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute, reported last month that at least 14 states have enacted 22 new laws that restrict access to the vote since the start of the year. Nearly 400 bills have been filed in 48 states.
What are the bill’s key provisions?
It seeks to expand voter access, broaden campaign finance disclosures, limit partisan gerrymandering and institute federally financed campaigns, among other measures Democrats say would bolster ethics in elections.
The House passed a similar bill earlier this year 220-210, with one Democrat joining all voting Republicans to oppose the measure.
In part, the Senate measure would:
- require states to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections and voters to make changes to their registration at the polls
- require states hold early voting for at least 15 days and keep sites open at least 10 hours a day
- establish automatic voter registration
- require states to offer online voter registration
- expand opportunities to vote by mail
- restore voting rights to felons who complete prison terms
- require states to establish a bipartisan independent commission to redraw congressional districts
- require the data used to draw congressional maps be made publicly available
- establish criminal penalties for voter deception or intimidation and to those who “corruptly hinder, interfere with, or prevent another person from registering to vote”
- restrict voter-roll purges by limiting states’ abilities to remove registered voters
- require candidates for the White House to release at least 10 years of tax returns
- require Super PACs to make their donors public
- prohibit coordination between Super PACs and candidates
What are the GOP arguments against it?
The main Republican argument is that it’s unconstitutional for the federal government to dictate to states how to run elections.
They also have claimed the bill would boost what they call “ballot harvesting” — allowing campaign workers or other third parties to collect sealed ballots. They also say new campaign-finance requirements would suppress First Amendment rights. . . .
Manchin, the only Democrat who didn’t co-sponsor the voting rights bill, recently reiterated his opposition, enraging some Democrats, although he offered a compromise last week. Even though it included voter ID provisions, which most Democrats oppose and Republicans support, the compromise was applauded by Stacey Abrams, a high-profile Democrat on voting rights.
But GOP leader McConnell shot down the offer, using Abrams’ endorsement as another reason Republicans should oppose the bill.
“In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise,” he said in a statement. “It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the left’s name-and-shame campaign model. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers. And it still retains S.1’s rotten core: an assault on the fundamental idea that states, not the federal government, should decide how to run their own elections.” . . .
Manchin, who also opposes ending the filibuster which could allow legislation to pass without GOP support, in an op-ed for the Charleston Gazette-Mail earlier this month, argued the current bill was “partisan policymaking.”
“Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda,” Manchin wrote. . . .
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(Excerpt from MSN. Article written by Allison Pecorin and Trish Turner. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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I read somewhere, sorry I can’t cite the link, a transcript of a leaked call by Joe Mansion. He was talking to big donors about how he would manipulate the process if they could guarantee funds for his re-election.
Lord, continue to expose the deceit and evil plans of many in positions of Power, from the highest offices in the land, down to the local ones of City Officials and of School Boards and even some Teachers.
Send Your Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin, and give them a chance to Repent. And if they obstinately refuse, remove their influence and power, and even then, according to Your Justice, remove them from the Office they abuse.
And I had added to my comments, but my computer deleted the whole thing and I had to retype–
We also pray for Your protection for all officials who are called by You, Lord, into their positions.
Grant them courage, wisdom, and favor.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Lord,I Pray for each person in the House or Senate and those in the White House. Anyone who is working for satan, to be brought to their knees in repentance and then to experience complete restoration. Finding the Love and Truth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to walk by His ways the rest of their days.
AS PREDICTED – Machin a couple weeks ago was called out on this. It was stated that he would ‘waffle’ in order to look like he didn’t support the original but his proposed compromise is as bad, if not worse, in other ways.
I hope people understand what these deceiving Dems are up to. They changed 3 main ingredients – language, delivery (meaning how to try and pass this) and they reduced public exposure/discussion. In the interim, they intensified their personal attacks, their media coverage to cement their lying discourse and their use of “shaming” to push forth their false narrative.
*Lord, the war continues. As Your body of believers, continue to guide us on how to fight against this battery of lies. We ask that you Lord, would hamstring the enemy and his puppets. Deliver deadly blows to their lies and stop them from succeeding. Let every lie, every slight of hand and every wrongful motive be exposed. Replace all that is false with Your perfect truth and justice. And we again ask for those in power with evil intentions be removed from their positions and be replaced with those who will serve Your ways, serve You and be a true servant for the good of Americans. Amen.
“And there came a man of God, and spoke unto the king…,and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the (enemies of the Lord) have said, ‘Their God is a god of the hills; therefore, they were stronger than we. But we will fight them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.’.. because they have said the the Lord is a God of the hills, but not a God of the valleys, therefore, will I deliver this great multitude into your hand, and ye SHALL know that I AM THE LORD. “
Very disappointed but not surprised. Manchin does what democrats do – they stick together no matter what. And for a multitude of reasons. Too bad the Republicans don’t do that but many of them are just as bad as the dems. Our President Donald Trump knew this, was exposing this and that is why, by hook AND by crook, he had to go. Praying for We The People to rise up in Jesus’ name and stand against the Evil one and his minions as time grows short.
I pray, dear Lord, that You will bring these misguided, deluded people in the Senate, including Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer to their senses. Please give them a strong distaste for the radical agenda that is so prevalent in our capitol. Please give them vision and wisdom that they are so lacking. In Jesus’ name.
We don’t trust in men, presidents or government. We trust in YOU. We know that you ask us to participate in influencing others with the love and light of Christ. We have failed. We have believed the lies and have not participated even in voting. This is what we get! Lord, lead us to repentance. Help us to restore integrity in our voting process and in selecting who will represent us at all levels of government. Help us to vote our conviction as believers without compromise. Bring clarity to candidates and what they stand for. Let us not be deceived but grant us wisdom and discernment! Let us no longer be complacent but be doers of The Word! (James 1:22). in Your Name, Jesus we pray!
Pot calling skillet black. The whole fraudulent, deceitful, diabolical demoncratic party is a lying, cheating election stealing bunch of morons who will stand before God one day.
They have lied to the point that their consciences are seared.
Maybe not seared enough as there certainly is no repentance or act of conscience to see truthful and lawful elections. I have reached the point where I pray for their salvation but if they are reprobates then God remove them and bring His justice. Asking God to raise up Bible believing, God fearing patriots to replace them.