June 7, 2021

Manchin and Sinema

“West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a crucial swing vote in the U.S. Senate, announced on Sunday he intends to oppose a sweeping voting rights bill backed by the majority of his fellow Democrats.” Reuters

Manchin published an op-ed explaining his decision. Charleston Gazette-Mail

“President Joe Biden called out two fellow Democrats [last] Tuesday in explaining why he hasn’t enacted some of the most ambitious elements of his agenda… It appeared to be a veiled reference to Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, both of whom have frustrated Democrats with their defense of the filibuster — the rule requiring most legislation to win 60 votes to pass.” AP News

Here’s our most recent coverage of HR 1 and the Senate filibuster. The Flip Side

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From the Left

The left argues that the voting rights bill is necessary and widely popular, and urges Manchin and Sinema to support it despite Republican opposition.

From the Right

The right argues that the voting rights bill is unnecessary and much too broad, and praises Manchin’s consistency.

The right argues that the voting rights bill is unnecessary and much too broad, and praises Manchin’s consistency.

A libertarian's take

“The pretentiously named ‘For The People Act’ fairly bristles with provisions at odds with our nation’s founding document. There are free-speech violations, about which ACLU officials have expressed alarm. There are separation-of-powers problems. There’s plenty of federalism-mangling. For those who prefer the more arcane, there are likely Electors Clause and Qualifications Clause violations…

“It would oblige larger online platforms to keep public logs of ads on political topics. When my own state of Maryland actually tried to enact such a law, the federal courts proceeded without hesitation to strike it down. Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson’s opinion for the Fourth Circuit called it ‘a content‐based law that targets political speech and compels newspapers, among other platforms, to carry certain messages on their websites. In other words, Maryland’s law is a compendium of traditional First Amendment infirmities.’ To put it differently… the bill’s sponsors aren’t willing to drop parts of their bill that courts have already declared unconstitutional.”
Walter Olson, National Review

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