Manchin was swarmed by reporters ahead of the vote for President Biden’s controversial Education Department nominee Catherine Lhamon asking him about a report that said the senator was considering leaving his party and becoming an independent.
The West Virginia Democrat told the gaggle of reporters that he has “no control over the rumors” before calling the Wednesday report “bulls—.”
根据报告, Manchin was considering becoming an “American Independent” should the price tag not drop – a point of contention between Manchin, whose vote is a needed legislative linchpin for the Democrats.
另外, Mother Jones reported that the senator had a two-step plan to hit the eject button from the Democrats.
The first step involved sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y。, renouncing his Democratic leadership position as the Senate Democrats’ communications and policy vice chair to pressure Schumer into lowering the bill’s costs.
If Schumer didn’t budge, Manchin would have reportedly changed his voter registration to independent, 根据报告.
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