Manchin’s Moment as the Senate’s Swing Vote

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veteran Affairs nominee for President Joe Biden, during his confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2021. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via Reuters)
One clue: The West Virginia Democrat voted with the Trump administration 50 percent of the time.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J oe Manchin may be the second-most powerful person in Washington, D.C., right now. He is the 50th senator whose vote Democrats must secure in order to have Vice President Kamala Harris break a tie and pass legislation. “Manchin controls everything,” a senior Democratic Senate aide told Politico’s Playbook today. 

Democrats are clearly counting on him to push President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package to victory. Bernie Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, told ABC News on Sunday that Democrats have the votes to pass another COVID-19 relief package:

“Yes, I believe that we do because it’s hard for me


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