Joe Manchin Just Crushed Two Democrat Power Grabs... for Now

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"He is personally leaning in, willing to compromise, spending time with senators - Democrat and Republican - to find out what is the art of the possible", Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CNN in an interview on Thursday. "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. And, two, if he does bring it to the floor, will you vote against that bill? I love my country and I think my Democrat and Republican colleagues feel the same.

With a 50-50 split Senate, Democrats can not afford to lose even one vote or else risk not getting legislation passed through.

"If you were to keep the idea that maybe you would vote to kill the filibuster, wouldn't that give Republicans an incentive to actually negotiate, because old Joe Manchin's out there and who knows what he's going to do?" Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Schumer downplayed Manchin's opposition, telling reporters Democrats have held "strong and intense discussions" about the bill in their weekly closed-door lunches.

Manchin expressed how exacerbated he is by Democrats flipping on the filibuster now that they have a majority in Congress and the White House.

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Biden also spoke Friday to Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which plans to begin debate on Biden's infrastructure proposal next week.

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.

Biden is now negotiating with Senate Republicans on a narrower and less costly deal and is considering dropping the plan to hike corporate taxes.

The bipartisan talks on the package could make infrastructure the most likely legislative candidate to clear the Senate filibuster hurdle this summer.

"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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