Joe Manchin is at the center of an extremely divided Washington. Here's how he got here.
June 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a key vote crucial to President Joe Biden's agenda with Capitol Hill bitterly divided along partisan lines.
(CNN)Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a key vote crucial to President Joe Biden's agenda with Capitol Hill bitterly divided along partisan lines.
But the focus on the conservative West Virginia Democrat has intensified in the early days of the Biden administration with Democrats controlling the narrowest possible majority in the Senate, which means the votes of every lawmaker carry outsized weight.
Manchin represents the deeply red state of West Virginia, where voters turned out strongly in support of former President Donald Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Manchin's relationship to Biden and critical role in the Senate
Manchin has said that he has an open line of communication with the White House and a good relationship with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Manchin and Sinema actually vote more with Democrats than Republicans, but aren't always aligned with the Democratic caucus on some of the key parts of Biden's agenda.
Manchin broke with Democrats in the midst of a highly contentious Supreme Court confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh to vote with Republicans in support of the nominee.
Manchin also stood with Democrats in opposition to President Trump and GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and push through a Republican tax bill.
Manchin is not supporting a major voting overhaul bill that Democrats have made a top priority in Congress.