Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of the only moderate-to-conservative members of the Senate Democrat conference, is urging his colleagues to view their victories in the Georgia runoffs as an opportunity for a “new era of bipartisanship.”
“With tight margins in the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans are faced with a decision to either work together to put the priorities of our nation before partisan politics or double down on the dysfunctional tribalism,” Manchin said in a statement released to the press Wednesday.
The West Virginia Democrat added that “for the sake of the country we all love, we must commit to solving the serious problems” that have presented themselves in recent years.
Manchin’s remarks came after two fiercely competitive Senate runoffs in Georgia appear to have been won by Democrats.
The results, which will be certified later this month, ensure each party will have 50 seats within the chamber.