Jun 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi says she won't "give up" on Manchin

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she won't "give up" on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who has been acting as an obstacle on the House Democrats' election reform bill, Politico reports.

The big picture: Manchin has opposed some of the more high-profile legislation, which House Democrats have backed, and has ultimately played a pivotal role in much of the success, or failure, of House-passed bills in the Senate.

  • Manchin recently wrote an op-ed opposing the bill, arguing that in its current state, it would "destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy."
  • “I don’t give up on Joe Manchin,” Pelosi said on Sunday. “As I said to him, ‘I read the op-ed. You left the door open, and we're going to go right in.’”
  • Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated that he intends to hold a vote on the matter regardless of where Manchin stands. However, he has said that he would consider tweaking the bill at Manchin's suggestion, per Politico.
  • “Now, is it possible we might change a few things here and there? We’re gonna do it,” Schumer said.

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