Manchin Reportedly Trying To Bridge Gap Between Parties

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( – Sen. Manchin (D-W.Va.) is trying to find his new place in the Senate now that he is no longer needed as the “power broker,” as reported by The Hill on January 30.

Manchin has worked to bridge the gap between Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) and Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.). Manchin has added that with McCarthy’s new position, there is room for them to do a lot of good for the country right now.

According to The Hill, Manchin has also pushed back against the idea that McCarthy is now too far right for the Democrats. Manchin, however, had a meeting with McCarthy in the Capitol last week. He argues that from the meeting, he could tell that McCarthy wanted to bring change and he was willing to discuss things that the two parties could agree on. He further noted that McCarthy was interested in them achieving more things together.

Despite all this, Manchin has also said that due to the narrow majority held by the House GOP, McCarthy had to make many concessions in order to become the speaker, which has essentially given him a “tough hand.” Still, despite this, McCarthy has been willing to protect Social Security and Medicare despite calling for spending cuts in other areas.

This is why Manchin argues that all those Democrats who are unwilling to negotiate over the debt ceiling are the ones who have a problem. He’s indicated he wants to see productive negotiations between the parties. The question is, can he get other lawmakers to follow his lead?

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