Manchin tanks Democrats' hopes of going it alone on their sweeping agenda

President Biden will unveil in Pittsburgh a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the United States crumbling transport network creating millions of jobs and

Republicans are able to block Senate Democrats from getting everything they want passed by forcing a filibuster, which is a measure taken to prevent bills from even getting to the floor for a vote in the first place.

The bill, also known as S1, is the largest overhaul of USA election law in at least a generation and covers many aspects of the voting process, including requiring states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day voter registration.

"Congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward", Manchin wrote, and he echoed arguments that diverting attention from H.R. 1 toward H.R. 4, or the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (which would reauthorize and strengthen the original 1965 Voting Rights Act), is the way to do that.

"Aren't you being naive about this continuing talk about bipartisan cooperation?"

Schumer said he's considering bringing a gun control measure to the Senate floor this month as well as a measure ensuring LGBTQ equality, both of which are likely to run into the filibuster roadblock because they lack meaningful GOP support.

"I'm not being naive", Manchin responded. I did an op-ed back home in West Virginia that came out today and laid out my - my concerns and my preference of what, you know, what I think would happen.

Biden could pursue a massive infrastructure package with only Democratic votes if bipartisan negotiations ultimately collapse, according to local media. An open, fair, secured voting. 'But if it comes down to voting rights and the rights of Americans to go to the - go to the polls and select their leaders vs. the filibuster, I will choose democracy'.

But an attempt to rid the Senate of the filibuster will divide Democrats and can't pass unless they all agree to vote to get rid of it. I don't want to be in a country that's divided any further than I'm in right now.

"I believe there's a lot more of my Republican colleagues and friends that feel the same way". If we continue to divide it and separate us more, it's not going to be united and it's not going to be the country that we love and know and it's going to be hard because it will be back and forth no matter who's in power.

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