Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin will vote for Trump's plan to end shutdown

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Thursday that he will vote for President Trump's proposal to reopen the government, making him the first Senate Democrat to back the plan that includes $5.7 billion for a border wall.

The big picture: Manchin will also vote for a Democrat-backed clean spending bill, joining at least 3 Republicans — Sens. Cory Gardner, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — who have said they will vote for both bills in an effort to end the shutdown. Manchin acknowledged that neither bill is likely to pass the Senate, but said his votes "are a start to finding a way to reopen the [government and getting West Virginians] back to work."

Go deeper: 3 Republican senators want to reopen government without a border deal

Read the leaked draft of a Senate bipartisan shutdown letter to Trump

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President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of senators plan to send a letter to President Trump today requesting that he support a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government for three weeks while the White House and Congress negotiate on funding for border security.

A source involved in the effort leaked Axios draft text of the letter, which was first published by Politico.

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