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Senator Manchin Discusses Future of Biden’s Spending Plan with Democrats After Refusing to Endorse It

Congressman Joe Manchin joined his fellow Senate Democrats in a special caucus meeting Tuesday night on the next steps of the social spending bill, just two days after he said he could not support the legislative initiative of the president, Joe Biden

Multiple sources familiar with the convocation confirmed that Manchin, D-West Virginia, attended.

The meeting, which was held virtually, comes at a difficult time for Biden Manchin’s statement on Sunday that he would not vote on the version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives questioned his prospects and left the White House scrambling to salvage the nearly $ 2 trillion package

“I know we are all frustrated by this result. However, we will not give up on the BBB. Build Back Better, for its acronym in English, the name of the bill Point We will not stop working on it until we pass a bill “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said at the meeting, according to a Democratic source, adding that the call lasted more than 90 minutes.

A source familiar with Manchin’s mindset said that for the most part, he listened and let everyone say their own thing.The Democrat spoke early and largely reiterated his concerns with the bill, the source added.

Schumer highlighted what is at stake in the bill in his comments, noting that some economists have said they will lower their growth forecasts if the legislation is not passed, said the democrat source

“This afternoon, Senator Manchin had a candid conversation with his colleagues, for whom he has great respect,” said Manchin spokesman Sam Runyon.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, speaks to reporters about his position on the bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.J Scott Applewhite / AP

Schumer assured in the call that the Senate would vote on a revised version of the law and a possible rule change —If the republicans do not abandon the filibuster a political procedure used in the Upper House to block unwanted laws by those who constitute the minority – early in the new year Both efforts rely, in large part, on Manchin, the lynchpin of a 50-50 split Senate

The change of the rules of the filibuster would allow for broad legislation to be voted on to expand access to the polls and safeguard electoral subversion, which is a high priority for Biden, Democratic lawmakers, and progressive advocates

Schumer said in a letter to colleagues Monday that “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy”, and accused the Republicans of using the filibuster to protect “voter suppression and nullification laws” in GOP-led states

“If Senate Republicans continue to abuse the filibuster and prevent the body from considering this bill, the Senate will then consider rule changes that prevent us from debating and reaching a final conclusion on important legislation, “he wrote

The remarks were the closest Schumer has come to endorsing changes in the filibuster to pass an electoral reform For more than a year, he has avoided the issue, saying only that all options are on the table

Senate Democrats have a majority of the vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, but Republicans are using the filibuster to prevent both projects from moving forward However, to overcome the filibuster 50 votes are needed, which Democrats do not currently have

Schumer made it clear this week that the Senate would hold the vote, forcing Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, who also supports the 60-vote threshold, to publicize their positions in plenary.

“Members will have the opportunity to debate in the full Senate and cast a vote so that their choice on this matter is clear and available for all to see,” he wrote in Monday’s letter.

Schumer reiterated his plans to vote during Tuesday’s meeting, according to the Democratic source. “Now we are called to act. Only we can protect our democracy from these attacks,” he warned.

Manchin has strongly opposed invoking the so-called nuclear option, which both parties have used in the past to change Senate rules with simple majorities.

In Monday’s letter, Schumer quoted Robert C Byrd, the late senator whose seat Manchin now occupies, as saying that Senate rules that previously made sense “must be changed to reflect the new circumstances.”


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