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Centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is coming under new, relentless pressure to cave on his opposition to ending the filibuster as a host of legislation piles up after being passed by the House.
And now, the most extreme left-wing groups aligned with Democrats are getting impatient and are threatening to oppose Manchin when he comes up for reelection in 2024 if he doesn’t relent.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Liberals are getting tired of Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and centrist who is preventing the party from advancing its agenda even though it controls Congress and the White House.
Manchin in recent weeks has stood firm in his opposition to ending the Senate filibuster, which means Democrats can’t implement a major rule change that would allow them to pass legislation without any Republican support.
Legislation is now piling up, including gun control measures, an election and voting rights overhaul, and two amnesty bills, among other key Democratic priorities. None can pass without eliminating the filibuster, and all need unanimous support from Democrats, including Manchin.
But Manchin is refusing to back away from a previous pledge, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to maintain the filibuster because he believes it is a Senate tradition and an important tool for the minority.
On Thursday, Manchin pushed back against a claim by Biden that the filibusters is a racist tool from the Jim Crow era.
“I don’t think so,” Manchin said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“The Senate is designed to be something different,” Manchin said, explaining that it is used to force both parties to deliberate and debate legislation, which often results in compromises, rather than just ramming it through on a narrow majority.
“That means the big guy doesn’t pick on the little guy,” Manchin said. “I’ve been in the minority. I’ve been in the majority. So all I’m trying to protect is basically civility but making it work.”
Manchin has also broken with Biden on the border migrant surge, calling it a “crisis” while the regime still refuses to do so.
Nevertheless, the far left is getting impatient with Manchin and Sinema, with groups are now threatening to primary him in West Virginia if he doesn’t ‘come around’ on removing the filibuster.
“As long as Sens. Manchin (WV) and Sinema (AZ) refuse to reform or abolish the filibuster, Mitch McConnell has ultimate veto power,” says a warning ont the left’s ActBlue fundraising website.
And a PAC run by Saikat Chakrabarti, who helped get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected to Congress, is also working to primary both Democrats.
The No Excuses PAC website instructs visitors and supporters that the two Democrats “stand in the way of progress” by opposing getting rid of the filibuster.
The PAC sent out an email last month specifically seeking donations to oppose both moderates.
“Help us find the next AOC to replace Manchin and Sinema,” the email said.
Left-wing Hollywood types are also getting into the pressure campaign.
“It’s infuriating to me that 2 Democratic Senators are what stand between us and making real legislative progress,” actor Piper Perabo tweeted. “It’s time to end the filibuster.”
That said, the left, as well as GOP senators, will be watching Manchin more closely after Biden nominated the senator’s wife last week to serve on a prominent commission.
The Washington Times reports:
President Biden intends to appoint the wife of the Senate’s top swing vote, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III, to a plum federal position that pays upwards of $160,000 annually.
The White House announced on Friday it would nominate Gayle Connelly Manchin, a former president of the West Virginia state board of education, to serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The organization is responsible for spurring economic development and investment in the 13 states that make up the region of Appalachia — which spans from northern Mississippi to Pennsylvania.
If confirmed by the Senate, Mrs. Manchin is slated to replace Tim Thomas, a former staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The role comes with a salary of approximately $163,000 annually, according to a federal pay database.