West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin delivered bad news to his fellow Democrats in a ‘Sunday surprise’ that he will vote against the For the People Act. It is a sweeping election reform bill being pushed by Democratic that Manchin says is ‘too broad and partisan.” He believes that forcing it through via the reconciliation process will further deepen divisions in the Senate.
Senator Manchin wrote an op-ed for the local Charleston Gazette-Mail to announce that he’s a “no” on the For the People Act:
“Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage. … I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act.”
“I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”
Ouch! That’s some Sunday surprise.
Manchin concluded his op-ed