Conservative Democratic senators who held a swing vote in the U.S. Senate on Sunday vowed to block a bill to reform the U.S. election law, which caused a major setback to Joe Biden’s efforts to reform voting rights.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that the bill expands the scope of mail-in voting and extends the time people can vote. It is “to unite and unite our country.” The wrong legislation in our country”.
In a column published in the Charleston Gazette Mail, Manchin reiterated that he will not help the Democrats abolish the mysterious voting procedure in the U.S. Senate, that is, obstruction of the bill, which requires an absolute majority of 60 senators to sign the majority of the legislation.
Biden has been pushing for the “Act for the People” because Republicans have taken action to restrict voting rights in many of the U.S. states they control, including Georgia, Florida, and Texas.
As the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Manchin has become a key deal maker. His frequent opposition to the president’s plan illustrates the difficulties Biden faces in passing major legislation through a divided Congress.
Biden continues to bargain with Republicans on his ambitious infrastructure bill, and in negotiations with Republican lawmakers, the value of the proposal has dropped to about $1 trillion. In March of this year, Biden put forward a $2.3 trillion spending proposal to invest unprecedented federal funds into roads, bridges, transportation hubs, water supply facilities, and broadband networks in the United States.
Republicans insist that while more spending is needed to repair the crumbling infrastructure, any plan needs to be cut, especially after trillions of dollars were allocated for Covid relief earlier this year.
They are also angry at the President’s proposal to increase corporate tax rates or increase taxes on high-income earners in the United States to cover additional expenses.
Manchin has made it clear to the president that he expects the infrastructure package called the “U.S. Jobs Program” to be passed by the Democrats and Republicans.
The second senator representing West Virginia, the Republican Shelley Moore Capito (Shelley Moore Capito), has become the Republican’s chief negotiator in infrastructure negotiations.
On Friday, people familiar with the negotiations between Biden and Capito said that if enough Republicans agree to support a surge in infrastructure spending, the president is prepared to abandon the requirement to raise the U.S. corporate tax rate. Biden and Capito are expected to meet again on Monday because the deadline for reaching a bipartisan agreement is imminent.
On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo (Gina Raimondo) stated that the Democratic and Republican negotiators continued to “work in good faith” and that the president remained optimistic about reaching a bipartisan agreement.
Raimondo said on ABC’s program this week: “Legislative practice is more like art than science. No one is better at this than President Biden.”