Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Report: Manchin Hints at Leaving Democratic Party

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According to a new report by political journalist David Corn, Sen. (D-W.Va.) has had enough.

Writing for the progressive magazine Mother Jones, Corn says that the West Democrat is privately admitting that he may leave the .

Manchin will allegedly defect on the condition that Democrats don't lower the cost of the Build Back Better reconciliation bill to $1.75 trillion.

Indeed, Manchin has repeatedly shared his concerns about the bill's $3.5 trillion price tag. He also will not support the legislation unless it includes the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for almost all abortions. (RELATED: Backdoor Gun Registry Reportedly Included in Multi-Trillion Dollar Bill)

What's His Exit Strategy?

Corn describes Manchin's rumored plan:

He told associates that he has a two-step plan for exiting the party. First, he would send a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, removing himself from the Democratic leadership of the Senate. (He is vic