Manchin Kills the “For The People Act” as Not Sufficiently Bipartisan
We begin with the death blow to American democracy dealt by Senator Joe Manchin who announced in an op-ed that he will not vote for SB1, the For the People Act, because he does not consider it sufficiently bipartisan. Joining us to discuss the future of voting rights and paralysis in the senate is Ira Shapiro, who spent 12 years on the senior staff in the United States Senate and as Counsel to the Majority Leader Robert Byrd, the mentor of West Virginia Senator Manchin. The author of Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?, he joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times, “How Joe Manchin Could Make the Senate Great Again.” We assess what can be done to overcome the politics of sabotage and the deliberate obstruction by Mitch McConnell who vowed to destroy Obama’s presidency and has promised to do the same with Biden’s, and whether a deal can be made with the few moderate Republican senators to pass a bipartisan version of SB1.
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