Manchin delivers another devastating blow to Democrats, argues voting rights vote must be bipartisan

Delivering another devastating blow to Democrats after axing Biden’s flagship “Build Back Better” plan, Senator Joe Manchin argued  a vote on changing voting rights laws must be bipartisan.

Appearing on CNN, Manchin said it was his “absolute preference” for Senate rules to be changed via bipartisan vote.

“I’ve always been for rules being done the way we’ve always done, two-thirds of the members voting. Any way you can do a rules change to where everyone’s involved, that’s a rule that usually will stay. That’s what we should be pursuing,” he explained.

Democrat House Majority Whip James Clyburn lashed out at Manchin while appearing on Fox News and said Manchin’s suggestion of the vote requiring bipartisan support caused him “pain.”

“I am, as you know, a Black person, descended of people who were given the vote by the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 15th Amendment was not a bipartisan vote. It was a single-party vote that gave Black people the right to vote,” Clyburn said.

“Manchin and others need to stop saying that because that gives me great pain for somebody to imply that the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution is not legitimate because it did not have bipartisan buy-in,” he added.