Key Democrat Won't Support Major Election Bill

Headline Roundup June 7th, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) published an op-ed Sunday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail explaining why he won't vote for the For the People Act, a Democratic-backed bill aimed at revamping voting access in U.S. elections. Manchin criticized the bill as partisan and said it "will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy." After passing the House along party lines, Senate Republicans blocked the bill's passage with a filibuster last month. Manchin's opposition to the bill likely means it will fail to pass in Congress.

Coverage from right-rated outlets highlighted Manchin's criticisms of the legislation, especially his opinion that the law would fuel division and polarization around elections. Reports from left-rated sources often speculated about what the news means for the future of voting rights legislation; some also focused on how Manchin's resistance to this and other bills is at odds with key parts of President Joe Biden's agenda.

From the Right
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said he would oppose his party’s sprawling voting rights bill — because he believes it would divide the country.

In an op-ed in his home state’s Gazette-Mail, the moderate Manchin announced his rejection of the Democrat-pushed For the People Act — known as S1 — which is stalled in the Senate after the House green-lit it in March along party lines.

“Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections … is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage,”...

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From the Center
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Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday will vote against the sweeping federal election reform bill introduced by congressional Democrats, called the For the People Act, a move essentially guaranteeing the legislation will fail to pass in Congress.

“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening blinds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For The People Act,” the moderate West Virginia Democrat wrote wrote in an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

“The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan...

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From the Left
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday defended his decision to vote against a sweeping voting rights bill and reiterated his opposition to gutting the filibuster, declaring in the strongest terms yet that he is not willing to change Senate rules to help his party push through much of President Joe Biden's agenda.

"I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster," Manchin, a moderate Democrat...

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