Many are looking to Joe Manchin as a moderate voice in the Senate. His voice can hold back the radical left’s agenda, or let it fly free.
His support of the filibuster has kept the integrity of the chamber intact. While he did oppose some parts of their massive spending bill, he still rubber-stamped it.
Questions are being raised if the man from conservative West Virginia can really stand up for bipartisan work.
But it looks like he’s standing up to the left, at least in this agenda.
From Western Journal:
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he will insist President Joe Biden’s next big package be passed on a bipartisan basis, unlike the sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus set to be signed into law this week…
“I’m not going to do it through reconciliation,” he said…
“I am not going to get on a bill that cuts [Republicans] out completely before we start trying.”
Unlike the bill Manchin voted for this week, the senator says he will not support another attempt at using budget reconciliation.
He says that bills on infrastructure spending and the climate will have to include Republican input. Without exploiting the reconciliation “loophole,” Democrats can’t force through a vote.
That means they’ll need some Republican support to avoid a filibuster on future bills.
Manchin has been determined to see bipartisan support for major legislation. Up until now, he’s failed.
Democrats were able to ram through their bloated, $1.9 trillion spending bill. Although Manchin opposed some features of that bill, it went through with his vote.
So, it’s uncertain just how strong of a Republican ally he really is.
With Manchin’s support, Republicans won’t need to resort to the filibuster to block the left’s agenda.
If Manchin’s successful, bills can be passed that have some Republican support. Does that mean we’ll see actual cooperation between Republicans and Democrats in this Biden era?
It’s hard to say. But if Manchin stays true to his word, the left won’t be able to run all over the United States.