“It must be blocked,” said Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Who praised Manchin last week for “saving our country” by encouraging two-party politics. “I am not optimistic that they can make enough changes to this to make it a fair bill. It would usurp the rights of states.
The Republicans ‘apparent general opposition to the Democrats’ proposed legislation and its potential change – as the Senate’s most dynamic vote wants – is taking the voting rights debate to a new phase. Schumer told Democrats at a caucus meeting on Thursday that the vote on the elections bill will take place on Tuesday, June 22, according to a source familiar with the meeting. This bill will need 60 votes to obstruct.
Manchin had long sought an approach that had input from Republicans and that he could support, but it has become clear that there is no path to a bipartisan compromise on electoral legislation. He said his opposition was not only because there was no GOP support, but also because the Democrats’ changes to help publicly fund the elections, for example, went too far to him.
“They got it wrong when they thought ‘the only reason you’re against is because there are no Republicans.’ It is not that at all. I think it should be bipartisan. I think it’s a dangerous thing to do something so monumental “on party lines, Manchin said Wednesday after rolling out some of his changes. “The other thing is there were some things, being a former secretary of state and governor, that just didn’t make sense.”
Murkowski joined Manchin on a proposal to overhaul the voting rights law, but this legislation will wait until the fall. And that leaves Congress at a standstill, infuriating progressives.
Manchin is also part of a group of Democrats opposed to ousting filibuster to make electoral law changes, leaving no partisan track record either in a 50-50 Senate where Democrats would need. of every vote to make changes to party lines. This group of filibuster repeal skeptics may wane after next week’s vote on so-called ‘Law for the People’, with several Democrats saying GOP’s rejection of the bill could change notice.
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Who led the GOP’s opposition to the Elections Bill due to its federalized approach to state elections, said that “each of us works for opportunities to work with Senator Manchin “. But he added that when “Stacey Abrams immediately approved Senator Manchin’s proposal, she became Stacey Abram’s replacement, not Joe Manchin’s replacement.”
“I’m not opposed to Joe. Joe does a great job of trying to figure out, “OK, where can I find common ground on this? “I have no problem with Joe,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). “It’s just, philosophically, that we don’t agree that we should take it all back in every election. “
The massive wave of Republican opposition does not surprise most Democrats. Schumer said this week he was “baffled” by those who think a bipartisan solution is possible, expressing clear skepticism about Manchin’s hopes.
“I’m not very optimistic about the Republican votes,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Who urged Manchin to detail his objections to the election bill. “Only a handful of Republicans voting for the non-partisan committee to analyze this happened on January 6, I can’t imagine you will get more than that for voting rights.
Still, more work could be happening behind the scenes. Earlier this week, Manchin called an election meeting with his fellow Republicans. And if that ever spawns a new bill, some of Manchin’s allies are not completely ruling out action.
“If there’s an effort led by Joe Manchin and he pulls a group together on a bipartisan electoral reform provision, I’m happy to work on that or consider it,” Romney said. “But it hasn’t happened yet.”
Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.