“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell during Obama’s presidency said he would do everything in his power to stop (then-President Barack Obama),” Bowman told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden, and now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people, the work that the people sent us here to do.”
Bowman continued, “Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship. He is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist, just like they’ve been since the beginning of Biden’s presidency.”
Bowman’s scathing criticism of his fellow Democrat is an outward sign of frustration in the party as Manchin’s refusal to support changing the filibuster — which would allow Democrats to pass major legislation with only 50 stemme, nie 60 — has become a roadblock for some of Biden’s agenda.
Op Sondag, Manchin defended his decision to vote against a sweeping voting rights bill called the Vir die People Act
, writing in an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette that
“partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy.
Vir maande, Manchin has remained a key holdup to the voting rights bill and he is the only Democratic senator not listed as a cosponsor on the legislation.
He also asserted that “the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized,” en — taking aim at members of his party — said some Democrats have “attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.”
In die verlede, Manchin has argued that Democrats who want to abolish the filibuster should be careful what they wish for, noting then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s move in 2013 to remove the 60-vote filibuster standard for most presidential nominees was later cited by Republicans to lift the rule for Supreme Court justices, which eventually led to a conservative majority on the high court.