“Partisan enforcement of laws of this magnitude can bring short-term benefits, but it will inevitably add to the distrust that millions of Americans have of the US government,” said Manchin.
Manchin has refused to jointly sponsor the House and Senate versions of the sweeping voting measure advocated by Democratic leaders – under pressure to enforce it by eliminating the filibuster. That’s because Manchin said his party, which controls all of Washington for the first time in a decade, should start and work from bipartisan proposals “rather than arguing over electoral reforms that we disagree on.”
In particular, Manchin called for cross-gang cooperation with regard to electoral security, transparency of campaign financing and accessibility of voters.
“The idea of limiting voting to a single 8- or 12-hour period is no indication of how most voters live,” Manchin said in his statement. An early vote in any state will increase voter turnout and individuals, especially those who traditionally could not attend help cast their votes. “
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Scuhmer has promised an early vote on the suffrage bill that many progressives believe is the game that should trigger the lowering of the Chamber’s 60-vote threshold for most bills. Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Say it is hard not to get votes to get rid of the filibuster, but Republicans argue over the clash, arguing that there is no common ground for the right to vote.
Republicans say they are reluctant to get involved because they fundamentally do not believe that Congress should tell states how to conduct elections.
But Manchin replied that the Senate must try anyway: “America’s declining trust in the government and among each other makes it harder to resolve key problems. That trust will continue to decline if we as members of Congress don’t go beyond partisanship.”