It is reported that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) plans to quit the Democratic Party if he doesn’t get what he wants on Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
Joe Manchin has a plan to leave the Democratic Party
Mother Jones with the Shovel:
In the past few days, Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) Has told staff that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party when President Joe Biden and the Democrats on Capitol Hill demand a cut in social infrastructure law disagreeing $ 3.5 trillion to $ 1.75 trillion, according to people who have heard from Manchin discussing it. Some people have said that if so, he would declare himself an “American independent”. And he has come up with a detailed exit strategy for his departure.
He told his staff that he had a two-step plan for leaving the party. First he would send a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, in which he would withdraw from the Senate’s Democratic leadership. (He is vice chairman of the Senate Democrats’ Politics and Communications Committee.) Manchin hopes this would send a signal. He would then wait to see whether this move had any effect on the negotiations. After about a week, he said, he would change his voter registration from Democrat to Independent.
Joe Manchin could still get together with the Democrats
Leaving the Democratic Party does not mean that Mitch McConnell will become the new majority leader. Some people could become independent and join the Democrats, just like the current Sens. Sanders and King.
Note that Manchin did not say he was joining the Republican Party.
Given the way the Build Back Better negotiations are going, it is unlikely that Manchin will ever have to pull the trigger. The Democrats are approaching a law of reconciliation that will contain much, if not all, of what Manchin wants.
However, to those who think that Manchin should simply leave the Democratic Party, it seems he is much closer to fulfilling their wish and possibly making Mitch McConnell the majority leader than many people know.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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