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Ding, dong, H.R. 1 is dead. (Probably.) In a commentary piece published Sunday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced he was coming out against the so-called “voting rights” legislation being pushed by Democrats, arguing the bill’s failure to attract any Republican support undermined faith in the electoral system. While some Democrats had argued for eliminating the filibuster to pass the bill in the Senate, claiming they should set a precedent that civil rights legislation wouldn’t be subject to the 60-vote supermajority requirement, Manchin’s announcement dramatically reduces the possibility of passing the bill that way in a Senate evenly divided at 50-50. “The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner,” Manchin wrote. “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For The People Act.”

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