Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who it seems is single-handedly holding the country together under the Constitution, said Wednesday after meeting with President Joe Biden that he still supports keeping the Senate filibuster and doesn’t support federalizing elections.
“If you do it for one time you basically destroy the Senate as we know it,” he said of the filibuster to reporters after the meeting.
The Senate had met to debate the voting bill SR1, which needs to pass just as HR1 passed in the House. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the voting bill, which he said would force many states to repeal voter ID laws and other protections against fraud.
There is overwhelming support in the public for voter ID laws, with as many as 77% in one poll supporting the need to show ID to vote.
In April, Manchin said of the voting bill, “How in the world could you, with the tension we have right now, allow a voting bill to restructure the voting of America on a partisan line? I just believe with all my heart and soul that’s what would happen, and I’m not going to be part of it.”
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