Flashback: Manchin preached bipartisanship. Will he take same position on inflation act?

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One question arising from Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va.’s renewed support for a massive social spending and tax bill is whether he will push for Republican input and support as he previously did with other high-profile legislation passed by Democrats. pushed.

Last year, Manchin stated that any voting rights legislation, something Democrats said was “attacked” at the time, must include input and backing from Republicans in order to gain his support.

He ultimately declined to support the Democrat-backed For the People Act, citing its lack of ambiguity, and chided his fellow Democrats for “partisan policymaking,” arguing it would “destroy” American democracy.

“The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Last but not least, protecting this right, a value I share, should never be done in a partisan way,” he wrote. he. in a statement at the time.

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US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivers remarks to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US on November 1, 2021.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

“The truth is there is a better way – if we try to find it together,” he added later.

Every Republican member of the Senate is expected to oppose the Inflation Reduction Act, the official name of the reconciliation bill that was struck in a closed-door deal between Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Contrary to his previous demands for bipartisanship, Manchin’s appears poised to help carry the bill across the line without any help from Senate Republicans. A simple majority will pass the legislation that would allow Vice President Kamala Harris to break a 50-50 tie in favor of Democrats.

Fox News Digital reached out to Manchin’s office for comment and received a statement from a spokeswoman praising his past efforts at bipartisanship, but making no mention of any desire for Republican input on the bill.

“For years, Senator Manchin has worked in a two-pronged way to ensure we produce more energy domestically and pay off our national debt and much of that work is reflected in the Inflation Reduction Act,” communications director Samantha Runyon said in the statement.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speaks to the media after a Democratic policy luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speaks to the media after a Democratic policy luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The Senate will meet again on Saturday and is expected to vote to begin debate on the bill.

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