A member of the “Squad” of far-left House Democrats accused Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) of “dooming our democracy in the name of bipartisanship” after announcing over the weekend that he would not support the sweeping federal election reform measure known as H.R. 1.
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) wrote in an essay published Wednesday on the website Democracy Docket that Manchin did not have any “substantive concerns” about the legislation, also known as the For The People Act.
“What Senator Manchin wants is a bipartisan bill — whatever it says,” Jones wrote. “But if there aren’t 10 Republicans willing to investigate an insurrection that almost claimed their lives, there aren’t 10 Republicans willing to protect our democracy.
“Compromising the bill simply will not solve our problem,” Jones added. “Our best hope remains to move Senator Manchin to choose democracy over bipartisanship.”
Sen. Joe Manchin has said he would not give backing to H.R. 1.Alex Wong/Pool via AP