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Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Why does it matter?

It won't overcome the filibuster threshold.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-06-17 01:38 PM | Reply

Manchin might have POTUS ambitions. He holds the balance of power in the Senate. If he gets his voting proposals passed, they are his and a big win.

He can get 10 or 11 republican senators to vote for his bill if he tells them that they vote yes or the filibuster goes away and Manchin's bill passes anyway.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-17 01:47 PM | Reply

#1: You may be right. But there is a small chance (I'd estimate @ 25%) that it could get by the filibuster threshhold. And if it did not, it would be one more illustration for Senator Manchin on why he needs to get on board with reframing the current state of the filibuster to prevent the minority from unilaterally blocking the will of the majority.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-06-17 01:50 PM | Reply

From a similar thread earlier...

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill
www.ny1.com

...Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and prominent voting rights activist, told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that she could "absolutely" get behind Manchin's proposed changes.

"What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography," she said. "And those provisions that he is setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict access to the right to vote."

Abrams said she could also support Manchin's voter ID requirement, which many Democrats have said aim to disenfranchise minority voters.

"That's one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing," she said. "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote."

Abrams said, however, that she rejects "restrictive voter identification designed to keep people out of the process."...


That's quite a statement about voter ID coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-17 02:14 PM | Reply

When your opposition offers some progress, no matter how small, accept it and move on to demand more later.

"Manchin might have POTUS ambitions.

Only perhaps as a Republican, Democrats would never vote for that piece of filth. Republicans, on the other hand, love to vote for pieces of absolute filth...such as Donald Trump. Republicans, never preach to us Democrats again about much of anything, you supported a traitor like Donald Trump. Own it! Anyone that can read would have understood that the Trump family is deeply in debt to Russians so why would you expect a President Trump to put America's interests first. No, he is owned and operated by Putin and acted accordingly. Donald TRump is guilty of treason. So are his kids.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-17 02:24 PM | Reply

That's quite a statement about voter ID coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me.

Don't get to excited. From Manchin's perspective, the id doesn't have to be a government issued card. It can be a utility bill, library card, credit card, etc. that has the voter's name on it. Needless to say, republicans ain't buying it. McConnell has already announced that Manchin's changes are unlikely to garner any republican support.

#6 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-06-17 04:10 PM | Reply

Republicants are afraid of voters.

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-17 04:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#6 ... From Manchin's perspective, the id doesn't have to be a government issued card. It can be a utility bill, library card, credit card, etc. that has the voter's name on it. Needless to say, republicans ain't buying it. ...

Of course they Republicans aren't buying it.

That type of ID is too universal, so it cannot be used to prevent non-Republicans from voting.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-17 04:25 PM | Reply

Only perhaps as a Republican,
#5 | POSTED BY DANNI

Modern republicans would never go for Manchin because he's not a democracy hating traitor.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-06-17 06:49 PM | Reply

Modern republicans would never go for Manchin because he's not a democracy hating traitor.

#9 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

Jury is still out on that. He knows he's not getting 10 GQP votes.
The only chance he has to save democracy is to vote to kill the filibuster.

#10 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-06-18 01:38 PM | Reply

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