Manchin tanks Democrats' hopes of going it alone on their sweeping agenda

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

At the time, Trump was urging Senate Republicans to nix the filibuster.

Democrats face not only the 60-vote hurdle that will allow Republicans to block most bills, but they are also grappling with internal divisions that could stop Democratic lawmakers from ridding the Senate of the filibuster or otherwise circumventing GOP opposition on key legislation, including a significant election reform bill and a major infrastructure measure. And, two, if he does bring it to the floor, will you vote against that bill? "I continue to engage with my Republican and Democratic colleagues about the value of the [bill], and I am encouraged by the desire from both sides to transcend politics and strengthen our democracy by protecting voting rights".

"I think there's a lot of great things in that piece of legislation, but there's an bad lot of things that basically don't pertain directly to voting", the senator said.

"If you were to keep the idea that maybe you would vote to kill the filibuster, wouldn't that give Republicans an incentive to actually negotiate, because old Joe Manchin's out there and who knows what he's going to do?" Joe Manchin may have finally torpedoed Democrats' hopes of sweeping voting rights legislation when on Sunday he ended any speculation he'd vote to end the Senate filibuster to advance President Joe Biden's agenda.


"Those discussions are ongoing, and I have a lot of faith in them", Schumer added.

Biden is now negotiating with Senate Republicans on a narrower and less costly deal and is considering dropping the plan to hike corporate taxes.

During a phone call with the president Friday, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican negotiator, proposed a new offer to increase about $50 billion in spending across a number of infrastructure programs, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Independent Senator Angus King of of ME, who caucuses with Democrats, also told CNN on Sunday that he is "reluctant" to support ending the filibuster. "But we will not wait for months and months to pass meaningful legislation that delivers real results for the American people".

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