Manchin’s Moment as the Senate’s Swing Vote

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) 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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