The West Virginia Democrat has told associates he has a plan to leave his party if his liberal colleagues cannot find a way to cut down the social spending bill Manchin wants to see the $3.5T budget reconciliation plan cut to $1.75T If Manchin follows through with the plan, he would switch from Democrat to Independent
Sen. Joe Manchin is reportedly considering leaving the Democratic Party.
The West Virginia Democrat has told associates he has a plan to leave his party if his liberal colleagues cannot find a way to cut down the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan to $1.75 trillion, according to left-leaning publication Mother Jones.
If Manchin follows through with the plan, he would switch from Democrat to Independent.
The senator reportedly has a two-part plan for his exit. First, he would send a letter to Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, asking to be removed from leadership, as he currently serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Democrats’ policy and communications committee.
Manchin says he would then wait to see if that showed Democrats how serious he was about leaving if negotiations don’t go his way. Then, after about a week, he would change his voter registration from Republican to Democrat.
Manchin, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, is a key moderate Democrat in the Senate, and their votes remain the last bulwark against their party’s massive social spending bill.
It is not clear how Manchin’s potential party change would affect his voting, as the only two other Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders and Angus King, still caucus with Democrats.
Manchin met with President Biden on Tuesday, as well as Sanders, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the House Progressive Caucus this week to try to find common ground.