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By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a pivotal swing vote in the U.S. Senate, announced on Sunday that he intended to oppose a comprehensive suffrage bill supported by a majority of his Democrats and that would expand access to voting across the country.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Manchin said the bill known as the For the People Act was "the wrong law to bring our country together and unite our country, and I don't support that because I think it should be becomes." share us. "
Manchin is the key to controlling the US Senate, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. He has at times proven to be a thorn in the side of the Biden administration, crossing party lines to oppose laws or block White House officials.
He has also repeatedly spoken out against efforts to get rid of the filibuster, which would make it easier for Democrats to pass legislation.
Manchin's intention to oppose the voting bill when it is brought to the Senate will make matters worse for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has vowed to move the legislature despite having no Republican support.
The bill would require states to expand postal voting, which was widespread in last year's presidential election due to the coronavirus pandemic, and would also extend the hours of personal voting.
Republican-controlled state parliaments in places like Texas and Georgia have since tried to slash the mail-in voting as former President Donald Trump continues to make false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Manchin has further elaborated its opposition to the voting law in a comment published Sunday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, saying it was concerned about the total lack of Republican support for the measure.
"Partial voting and electoral reform will practically ensure that the partisan divisions continue to deepen," he wrote.
He also attacked Democrats for trying to get rid of the filibuster, saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely".
"What I saw during my time in Washington is that any party in power always wants to wield absolute power, absolutely to preserve our fragile democracy," he wrote.
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