A Mexican border migrant crisis and other Democrat moves considered by some to be divisive could swing enough votes for a Republican victory in the mid-terms.
The national voting rights measure would overturn voting restrictions approved by at least 14 Republican-controlled state legislatures that would curb some expanded voting access that was deployed in the 2020 presidential election, such as extended voting hours, drive-through voting at central locations and the widespread use of mail-in balloting.
In a statement made by U.S. president Joe Biden in late May, he called the Texas legislation "un-American" and said, "It's part of an assault on democracy that we've seen far too often this year-and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans".
Manchin said he would throw his support behind an alternative voting bill that has received broader bipartisan support, called the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Not only did Manchin say that he will oppose the "For The People Act," but the moderate Democrat reaffirmed his opposition to ending the filibuster, which Democrats have pushed in order to more easily enact their agenda. Respectfully, I do not agree.More news: G7 reaches historic deal to reform global tax system, United Kingdom chancellor says
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Democrat colleagues in a memorandum that he will force a Senate vote on the sweeping election reform bill "that is essential to defending our democracy, reducing the influence of dark money and powerful special interests, and stopping the wave of Republican voter suppression happening in states across the country".
With Manchin not backing the bill, the legislation that is a priority for Democrats has little chances of passing.
"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", he added.
He has also been opposed to efforts to eliminate obstruction bills, which will make it easier for the Democratic Party to pass legislation.
Biden offered to drop plans to hike corporate tax rates as high as 28%, and instead set a minimum tax rate that companies should pay instead at 15%, sources said. "I'm going to fight like heck with every tool at my disposal for its passage".More news: 'I was right about Wuhan lab': Trump demands China pay $10 trillion
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to block the bill, which he characterizes as undue government overreach into state election systems.
In an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette on Sunday, Manchin outlined his opposition to the voting rights bill in more detail, saying he was concerned about the measure's complete lack of Republican support. Are the very Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump because of actions that led to an attack on our democracy unwilling to support actions to strengthen our democracy?
'I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster'. The legislation would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, eliminate hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. In March, the House passed the bill along party lines and not a single Republican has backed the legislation in the Senate.
"Within the limits of the law, Manchin should never have a day of rest by the American people". But it has taken on added urgency in the wake of President Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 election, which incited the January 6 riot at the Capitol.More news: Teen Shoves Bear off Wall To Save Her Dogs in Viral Video