Tag: Joe Manchin

Mitch McConnell Separates Black Folks from “Americans” When it Comes to Voting

Mitch McConnell Separates Black Folks from “Americans” When it Comes to Voting As if we needed further confirmation of where McConnell stands, recall he leads a Republican party whose raison d’etre is standing guard against legislating social or economic ascendency for Black people, from anti-police brutality measures to paid family leave to the right to […]

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The Democrats Are Now Debating Which “Chunks” of Build Back Better to Save

Speaker Nancy Pelosi came out against plural chunks on Thursday but in favor of the singular chunk. “​​What the president calls ‘chunks,’ I hope would be a major bill going forward. It may be more limited, but it is still significant,” Pelosi said in her weekly press conference on Wednesday. “What can we agree upon? […]

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Hope and Despair on Capitol Hill as Democrats’ Voting Reforms Die by Republican Filibuster (and Manchinema)

Sinema also reiterated her opposition to weakening the filibuster in a speech last week, before Biden traveled to the Capitol to make a personal appeal to Democrats to support a rules change. (The junior senator from Arizona, Mark Kelly, who unlike Sinema is up for reelection this year, announced on Wednesday morning that he would […]

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Democrats Need to Make the Bad Guys Take Some Tough Votes

Democrats cannot afford to tarry too long, clinging to a thin sliver of hope that Biden’s legislative agenda might still pass in some form. At a certain  point, they’ll have to start writing a new midterm script about their opponents and what they stand for … and against. To get there, Democrats might need to bite […]

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Voting Rights Are Probably Doomed in the Senate

A brief explanation of the filibuster, in case you’ve been living as a hermit for years and this is the first article you’ve read since reemerging from your mud-baked hut in the woods: Most legislation requires 60 votes to advance in the Senate, and Democrats have a 50-seat majority. As long as the 60-vote threshold […]

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Did Biden Wait Too Long to Push the Senate on Voting Rights?

Even before the start of the new year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had been pushing to “restore the Senate”: that is, return it to a bygone era of relative functionality. A group of moderate Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin, have met frequently in recent weeks to discuss potential rules changes. Last week, Schumer announced […]

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