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

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Cecil Davis | 06 June, 2021, 22:05

"He is personally leaning in, willing to compromise, spending time with senators - Democrat and Republican - to find out what is the art of the possible", Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CNN in an interview on Thursday.

Manchin penned in his op/ed on Sunday: '[V] oting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen'.

'I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster'.

If the GOP filibusters the Paycheck Fairness Act next week, it will be the second time this year Republicans used the 60-vote threshold to kill Democratic legislation.

WALLACE: So just to put a - a - a button on this, you will vote against that bill if it gets to the Senate floor? I love my country and I think my Democrat and Republican colleagues feel the same. Joe Manchin may have finally torpedoed Democrats' hopes of sweeping voting rights legislation when on Sunday he ended any speculation he'd vote to end the Senate filibuster to advance President Joe Biden's agenda.

Schumer downplayed Manchin's opposition, telling reporters Democrats have held "strong and intense discussions" about the bill in their weekly closed-door lunches.

Summit secures $2.4 bil for COVID shots for poor countries
This is part of the 80 million, or 8 crore, doses that US President Joe Biden has promised to share with the rest of the world. The U.S. has hundreds of millions more doses on order, both of authorized and in-development vaccines.

Manchin and other centrist Democrats are concerned about the size and scope of the bill, but Manchin also opposes Biden's plan to pay for the measure by raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.

U.S. President Joe Biden offered to scrap his proposed corporate tax hike during negotiations with Republicans, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in what would be a major concession by the Democratic president as he works to hammer out an infrastructure deal.

Manchin expressed how exacerbated he is by Democrats flipping on the filibuster now that they have a majority in Congress and the White House.

The bipartisan talks on the package could make infrastructure the most likely legislative candidate to clear the Senate filibuster hurdle this summer. "But we will not wait for months and months to pass meaningful legislation that delivers real results for the American people".

Manchin reiterated his support for the filibuster in the op-ed.