WATCH: ABC’s Jon Karl Presses Joe Manchin on Drawing Red Lines With Republicans

Joe Biden seemingly has everything he needs to pass his policy goals over the next two years. Democrats control congress, the senate and the White House. West Virginia‘s Joe Manchin, though, has been committed to passing things in a bi-partisan manner.

Manchin, of course, has been heavily criticized for his stance, but to this point has stayed committed. During a Sunday interview, ABC’s Jon Karl asked the lawmaker why he hasn’t drawn a “red line” with Republicans.

The This Week host asked, “you get hammered all the time by fellow Democrats, especially progressives who say you are constantly drawing red lines for what you’ll support, and creating limits on how far Democrats will be able to go.”

Karl continued, “What do you say to those who say why don’t you draw red lines with Republicans? Why don’t you draw a red line and say ‘look, if you guys don’t move on this, I’m going to go and endorse doing away with the filibuster?'”

.@jonkarl presses Sen. Joe Manchin on some progressives' pushback against a bipartisan infrastructure deal: "Are you sure progressives are going to support your bipartisan deal?"

Sen. Manchin: "I sure hope so, I hope they just look at the bill." read more

Beto O’Rourke Says He Supports Joe Manchin’s Voting Rights Compromise

During an appearance on CNN, former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said he supports Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-W. Va.) policy demands on voter reform for the Senate to pass the For the People Act.

Manchin’s demands include banning partisan gerrymandering; requiring voter identification with new alternatives, such as a utility bill; mandating at least 15 consecutive days of early voting; and making Election Day a public holiday.

“This is progress… he’s [Manchin] trying to find a way to protect voting rights in this country at a moment that they’re under attack in more than 40 states in the wake of an insurrection on the 6th of January that sought to overturn that election and in the midst of a big lie trafficking by the former president but by those whom the senator serves with in the Senate and in [the] Congress,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke called the compromise “a step in the right direction” and believes that Manchin’s demands might have produced an agreement “that will allow the Senate to move forward.”

You can listen to O’Rourke’s remarks in the video below.

.@BetoORourke says he supports the Manchin compromise on voting, is open to the voter ID component and challenges @McConaughey, who is considering a run for TX gov, to show up for the “For the People Act” rally in Austin this weekend. read more

Stacey Abrams Backs Joe Manchin’s Voting Rights Compromise

Speaking to CNN, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams says she supports Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-W. Va.) policy demands on voter reform for the Senate to pass the For the People Act.

Manchin’s demands include banning partisan gerrymandering; requiring voter identification with new alternatives, such as a utility bill; mandating at least 15 consecutive days of early voting; and making Election Day a public holiday.

Abrams, who founded Fair Fight Action, a group dedicated to fighting voter suppression, provided a valuable endorsement of Manchin’s demands.

“What Senator Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography,” Abrams said. “Those provisions that he is setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state and, I think, will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict access to the right to vote.”

Abrams said Republicans have purposely misconstrued how the Democratic Party feels about voter identification laws.

“No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote. It’s been part of our nation’s history since the inception of voting. What’s been problematic is the type of restrictive I.D. that we’ve seen pop up,” she said.

“This is a first and important step to preserving our democracy,” she concluded. “If Joe Manchin and the U.S. senators who support this legislation are willing to come together on a compromise, then we will make progress.”

You can hear Abrams’s comments in the video below.

Stacey Abrams says "absolutely" she could support Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) voting rights compromise he laid out on Wednesday.

"What Senator Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography." read more

Former Senate Aide Blasts Manchin and GOP as “Enemies of Democracy”

Former Senate aide Brent Budowsky, who was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), criticized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and the Republican Party in an op-ed for The Hill, referring to them as “enemies of democracy” who are blocking the Senate from passing crucial voting rights legislation.


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Pelosi Dismisses Manchin’s Objections, Urges Senate to Act to Defend Election Integrity

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged the Senate to approve a bill that would constitute the largest expansions of voter protections yet, dismissing the objections of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), who vowed not to vote for the measure on partisan grounds and highlighted problems with the Democrats‘ ability to pass major legislation with a razor-thin majority.

The For the People Act “must become law in order to respect the sanctity of the vote, which is the basis of our democracy,” Pelosi wrote in a Dear Colleague letter to House Democrats.

In her letter, Pelosi noted that the legislation would reduce “the role of big, dark special interest money in politics,” contribute to “Stopping the voter suppression and protecting the vote of tens of millions of Americans” and end “political gerrymandering by establishing redistricting commissions.”

“Our mission is to amplify the voices of the grassroots, as they vote, advocate for policy and choose to run for office.  H.R. 1/S. 1 must become law in order to respect the sanctity of the vote, which is the basis of our democracy,” she continued, adding:

“In addition, it is essential that H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, become law.  When we pass H.R. 4, we must do so in a way that is ironclad constitutionally… H.R. 4 must be passed, but it will not be ready until the fall, and it is not a substitute for H.R. 1.  Congressman John Lewis wrote 300 pages of H.R. 1 to end voter suppression.  H.R. 1/S. 1 must be passed now.  It would be our hope to have this pass the House and Senate in a bipartisan way.” read more

South Carolina Democrat Absolutely Destroys Joe Manchin Over For The People Stance [Video]

Democrats were overjoyed in January when Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their special elections. With control of the senate came the opportunity to aggressively pass Joe Biden‘s policy goals.

But Joe Manchin (and Kyrsten Sinema) have created barriers to those goals. This weekend, the West Virginia senator said he would be voting against the For the People Act.

Manchin’s actions are troubling to many Democratic lawmakers. That list includes long-tome South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn. Clyburn tore into Manchin during a Monday night appearance on CNN.

The Democrat told host Erin Burnett, “I think Senator Manchin needs to take a hard look at what he’s saying here. He’s not talking about voting against For the People. He’s talking about denying other Democratic senators an opportunity to cast a vote on a very critical issue.”

Clyburn continued:

“I would say to Senator Manchin, you’ve told us what you’re for and against. How about put forth the legislation that you would like to see passed? Let us see your bill on voting rights and preserving the integrity of our democracy. We are playing a very dangerous game here. If I had not studied history all of my life, maybe I wouldn’t be thinking the way I think, and not feeling the way I feel. The fact the matter is the greatest empires in the world came down because of decadence, and a lot of avoidance of issues. It’s a whole theory that Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned. But what we have is a modern day fiddling around in the Senate and this democracy is on fire.” read more

Representative Jamaal Bowman: Joe Manchin Is “The New Mitch McConnell

Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) criticized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) after it emerged that Manchin would vote against an election reform bill crucial to the Democratic agenda. Bowman said Manchin is “doing everything in his power to stop democracy.”

Bowman further compared Manchin and his tactics to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom he considers an obstructionist. Indeed, McConnell has made it clear that he has made it a personal mission of his to block as much legislation proposed by Democrats as possible.

“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell,” Bowman said. “Mitch McConnell, during Obama‘s’ presidency, said he would do everything in his power to stop Obama. He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency,” he said.

And now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people,” he continued, adding: “Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship, he is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist, just like they’ve been since the beginning of Biden’s presidency.”

You can watch Bowman’s interview below.

"Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell," Rep. Jamaal Bowman says as the West Virginia senator tanks Democrats' hopes of going it alone on their sweeping agenda.

"He's doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist." read more

Jaime Harrison Chides Joe Manchin Over Voter Rights: “We Can’t Leave This to the Whims of Mitch McConnell”

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At one point, it looked like Jaime Harrison could take out Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. But in the long run, Graham retained his seat and now Harrison serves Democrats as the chair of the DNC.

During a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, Harrison was asked about Joe Manchin’s lack of support for the For The People Act. He chided the West Virginia Democrat for making Mitch McConnell more powerful with his vote.

The DNC Chair told Alex Witt, “[I’m] very disappointed in Senator Manchin’s decision. I know he wants to protect democracy, but there will be no democracy if we don’t protect the rights to vote of all Americans. [It] is not a both sides issue.”

Harrison continued, “I think if he goes home and he talks to people, all people believe that all Americans should have the right to vote.”

The South Carolina Democrat closed his comments:

“We can’t just leave this up to the whims of Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz to do the right thing. I’m sorry. Mitch McConnell’s already said that he doesn’t want Joe Biden to accomplish anything. This isn’t about Joe Biden. This is about the American people. And we need people to stand up. They didn’t do the right thing on the commission. Why in hell do they think they’re going to do the right thing in terms of voting rights of the people when it stands in the way of them getting power?” read more

“If You’re Afraid of Trump Get Out of Office” Dem. Sen. Jon Tester Rips GOP Colleagues Opposed to 1/6 Investigation

Following the events of January 6th, Republicans signaled a willingness to understand how the insurrection happened. Terrified of Trump, though, most of them have changed their minds on that matter.

Mitch McConnell understands that a commission will be very bad politically for Republicans. So he is urging them to vote against the bill. And that Republican resistance has driven some Democrats nut, specifically Montana’s Jon Tester.

Tester told Politico on Thursday, “

We’ve got to get to the bottom of this sh*t. read more

Manchin Criticizes McConnell Over 1/6 Commission

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for what he perceives as politicization of a bill to create a commission to investigate the Capitol riot of January 6, which took place after former President Donald Trump urged his supporters to overturn the electoral certification of then-President-elect Joe Biden‘s win.

“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against the commission since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for,” Manchin said.

“Mitch McConnell has made this his political position, thinking it will help his 2022 elections. They do not believe the truth will set you free, so they continue to live in fear,” he added. read more

WATCH: Joy Reid Blasts Joe Manchin For Thinking He’s In Control of the Snate

January’s Georgia run-off represented a major moment for the Democratic party. The wins of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock gave the party control of the White House, Senate and House.

An elated Joe Biden was ready to make good on a number of his biggest promises. But as he has attempted to do so, there has been some push-back from people within his own party. And the biggest obstacle has been Joe Manchin. MSNBC’s Joy Reid took the West Virginia senator to task during a Monday interview with Pete Buttigieg.

Prior to playing clips of Manchin speaking about the bill, Reid remarked, “West Virginia prime minister or I mean senator, Joe ManchinHe made clear what he wants from the bill.”

The host then asked the Transportation Secretary, “Let’s start with the Democrats. Joe Manchin, he does seem to believe he’s in charge of the United States senate. Says he has half a dozen people not happy with the bill. Have you had a conversation with him and do you believe you could get the votes on reconciliation?”

Buttigieg diplomatically answered the question:

There are 100 senators with 100 views about exactly how they think it should be done, but broadly I’m seeing a lot of energy and excitement for the bill. I’ll be catching up with Senator Manchin soon, speaking with Republicans and Democrats in the house and senate, hearing a lot of energy and excitement for the idea of infrastructure investment. read more

Ari Melber On Joe Manchin’s Fantasy Bi-Partisanship: “I Feel Like I’m Taking Crazy Pills”

During the 4 years of Donald Trump‘s presidency, Republicans held control of the senate. They used this power to their advantage, pushing through 3 Supreme Court Justices and essentially laughing at Democrats.

Joe Biden stormed into office in control of the House, Senate and White House. The opportunity is there for Democrats to push through legislation that could really benefit their constituents. They already did this in early March by pushing through a wildly popular stimulus package.

One stumbling block to getting things done has been Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. The West Virginia lawmaker has frequently called for Democrats to work with Republicans in a bi-partisan manner. A befuddled Ari Melber commented on Machin’s stance during his Wednesday show.

Melber first played a clip of Manchin saying that he will not vote to proceed on an infrastructure bill unless an attempt at bi-partisanship is made.

The MSNBC host responded, “So his literal position is that making this bipartisan is a prerequisite for him supporting it. And that brings us to our special report tonight. And this is way broader than any single senate. This is about an antiquated, distorted and sometimes frankly ridiculous approach to governing in D.C., where politicians branding or vanity is put above the jobs, the health, the public interest of hundreds of millions of people.”

Melber continued, “Watching some of the coverage can make you feel a little bit like Will Ferrell’s Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:

MSNBC's Ari Melber is befuddled by Joe Manchin's antiquated commitment to bi-partisanship.

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Chris Hayes Blasts Joe Manchin For Meddling With the Wildly Popular Stimulus Plan

Not all Democratic lawmakers are on equal footing. Those in blue states could be reelected in perpetuity regardless of what decisions they make. But those who serve in red states have to be much more careful about their choices.

This is certainly true of Joe Manchin. Manchin has continued to be elected in West Virginia despite the fact that the state went for Donald Trump by nearly 40 points.

The current stimulus package, though, is wildly popular with both Republicans and Democrats. Still Manchin pushed to limit the people who would be eligible for a $1,400 check. And that drew a strong rebuke from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

The host began, “The public understands this bill will help a lot of people who really need it. all of this said, why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular? And yet today that is exactly what Senate Democrats were insisting on.”

Hayes continued:

“Around 12 million fewer adults and 5 million fewer kids would get the stimulus payments under the new Biden Senate compromise, according to preliminary estimates. A lot of those adults are voters who will now get less in direct cash assistance from President Biden than they did from Donald Trump. Why would Democratic Senators, like Joe Manchin, and Jean Shaheen push for this to happen? Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack. The guy got re-elected in West Virginia, trumpiest state in the union. But explain this one to me?” read more

Opinion: COVID Relief Fiasco Reveals McConnellism Rivals Trumpism In Disregard for Americans’ Welfare

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Americans have been living under a political system arguably best characterized as a tyranny of the minority for some time.  Certainly, for the past four years the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million tallies in the 2016 election, just as the nation was hornswoggled into a devastatingly costly war—in human, financial, and geopolitical terms—and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office having lost the popular vote.  And even when the majority vote was able to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to do so in the context of still-existent gerrymandered districting that meant in many cases, in down-ballot races, Republican candidates could win local elections in states that still featured an overwhelming Democratic electorate. read more

Republican-Led Senate Passes Motion Committing to Peaceful Transition of Power

The Republican-controlled Senate passed a resolution on committing to a peaceful transition of power after the November presidential election, though the measure was introduced by a Democrat.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who is often considered the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, proposed the resolution following President Donald Trump comment’s refusing to commit to leaving office.

The resolution “

reaffirms its commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States” and “intends that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” read more