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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a radio interview on Friday that he doesn't support the D.C. statehood bill.

Why it matters: Without Manchin's support in the closely divided Senate, the bill, which passed the House last week, is unlikely to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to send it to President Biden's desk.

  • D.C. statehood is a priority for Democrats, who call it a civil rights issue that would enfranchise the city's Black plurality.
  • Republicans say the measure is an unconstitutional power grab.

What he's saying: "If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment ... and let the people of America vote," Manchin told Hoppy Kercheval of West Virginia's MetroNews.

  • Congressional action would likely lead to a Supreme Court challenge, he noted.
    • "Every legal scholar has told us that, so why not do it the right way and let the people vote to see if they want to change?"

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Manchin cautions Biden's trillion-dollar push to expand government

Manchin watches President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress on April 28. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed concern about President Biden's massive proposals to restructure health care, child care, education and infrastructure in the wake of the pandemic, he told CNN on Thursday.

Why it matters: Biden aims to spend $6 trillion for his plans and is asking Congress to pay at least $1.8 trillion. As a moderate Democrat in a split Senate, Manchin's vote is critical.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Apr 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

A Supreme Court greenhouse gases petition worth watching

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading 19 states seeking Supreme Court review of the scope of EPA's authority over greenhouse gases.

Driving the news: The petition asks the high court to review January's appellate ruling that struck down a Trump-era rule on power plant CO2 emissions.

Updated Apr 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden to the nation: "America is on the move again"

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, President Biden told America that "one day shy" of his 100th day in office, his administration is turning the nation's "peril into possibility" and "setback into strength."

Why it matters: Wednesday's speech was one of the president's most significant opportunities so far to sway members of Congress in favor of his administration's agenda.