AMAC Action has helped lead the charge against the Democrats radical bill to change voting laws, including mobilizing constituents in important states against the “For the People Act,” Senator Manchin (D-WV) has now come out against the legislation, all but dooming the bill’s chances of ultimate passage for the time being. AMAC Action applauded Senator Manchin’s decision to oppose the overreaching bill and to continue to defend the Senate filibuster.
AMAC Action President Bob Carlstrom said: AMAC Action has made pushing back on the Democrats radical voting legislation a top priority this year. We applaud Senator Manchin for his level-headed approach to policymaking and his focus on bipartisanship. Unfortunately, Democrats will likely look for more creative ways to repackage again push some of the main provisions from this legislation. AMAC Action stands ready to oppose any attempts to weaken or compromise the country’s voting laws.”
In an op-ed announcing his decision, Senator Joe Manchin said: “Unfortunately, we now are witnessing that the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground but seeking partisan advantage. Whether it is state laws that seek to needlessly restrict voting or politicians who ignore the need to secure our elections, partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it.”
Defending the Senate filibuster, Senator Manchin said: “Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster. For as long as I have the privilege of being your U.S. senator, I will fight to represent the people of West Virginia, to seek bipartisan compromise no matter how difficult, and to develop the political bonds that end divisions and help unite the country we love.”
Senator Manchin’s announcement was met with vitriol by Democrats who used to praise the Senator’s approach to politics. As Democrats ratchet up pressure on Manchin and other moderates to bend to partisan policymaking AMAC Action will continue to mobilize our members in important states and districts across the country. Please stay tuned for more breaking news out of Washington, DC.