Despite the fact that the Democrats are in control of the Senate, Joe Manchin has consistently pushed for bills to be passed across party lines. The West Virginia senator seems to be ignoring the fact that Republican leader Mitch McConnell has shown absolutely no interest in working with the Democrats.
Just last week, McConnell used his power to block a commission that would investigate the January 6th events. Rather than change his mind because of the Kentucky Senator's obstruction, Manchin is pushing for the Senate to vote again on how to proceed.
CNN reporter Manu Raju asked West Virginia lawmakers: "What evidence do you have that Mitch McConnell wants to work with you? Last week he blocked a commission invoice and he would have – and you say he wants to work with you? "
"I'm not saying you're dead, either, ”West Virginia lawmakers replied. “I'm not saying that anyone is dead either, do you understand? I was very disappointed. I think what he did was wrong and I said so too. He knows what I think of it … It was all they asked for. It was totally non-partisan. "
Raju followed: "But they blocked it because of the filibuster." Manchin countered: "Well, one person blocked it on it. But the bottom line is we have seven people, six who voted, seven would. We need three more. Let's try again. "
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Given McConnell's history, Manchin's goals may be too ambitious. However, in order to pass laws, Democrats need to make sure they work with and keep the West Virginia legislature happy.
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