Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) will not support the House-passed For the People Act, a sweeping Democratic voting reform bill, and instead will back a more measured reform bill that he says could garner bipartisan support.
Via ABC News:
The Democrat from West Virginia told ABC News exclusively that he intends to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, a more narrowly tailored piece of voting rights legislation that he said he believes could muster bipartisan support even as voting legislation is becoming a flash point between the two parties.
“I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote making it accessible making it fair and making it secure and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done — it should be done,” Manchin told ABC News congressional correspondent Rachel Scott. “It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system.”
Manchin’s announcement comes following a contentious markup of the Democrat-led voting reform act, the For the People Act, that deadlocked in the Rules Committee Tuesday.
“No matter what was brought up it was partisan vote, 9-9,” Manchin said. “This is one of the most — I think — important things that we can do to try to bring our country back together and if we do it in a partisan way, it’s not going to be successful I believe.”
ABC News noted that no Senate Republicans have come out to back the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which has a key objective of putting “back in place key measures from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the Supreme Court overruled in 2013.”
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