Axios reports that President Biden has nominated Gayle Conelly Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), to serve as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
The news outlet noted that “The ARC is an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 state governments with the goal of investing in Appalachian communities.”
Sen. Joe Manchin is a critical moderate swing vote that Biden will need in order to pass any of his priorities in the 50-50 Senate.
Forbes noted that Gayle Conelly Manchin “has served as president of the West Virginia Board of Education, West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts and has worked as an educator and led a number of boards and initiatives.”
The Friday nomination comes as Manchin and Democrats continue to disagree over the fate of the Senate filibuster, which Democrats face growing calls to eliminate as they seek to pass major voting rights legislation.
“In a lengthy statement on Thursday, Manchin urged fellow Democrats to take a bipartisan approach rather than try and jam through a massive reform package on party lines,” Politico reported this week.
“Pushing through legislation of this magnitude on a partisan basis may garner short-term benefits, but will inevitably only exacerbate the distrust that millions of Americans harbor against the U.S. government,” Manchin said.
Besides opposing Democrats’ gun bills and wavering on their election reform plan, Sen. Manchin is among a handful of Democrats who have expressed opposition to nuking the legislative filibuster, which Biden recently hinted he would support if necessary.
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