Joe, please come on over to the Republican party, we’ll welcome you in!
You seem to have a lot of common sense.
In a wild story that broke today, Sen. Joe Manchin (a Democrat) announced he would vote for both bills currently proposed in Congress.
One of those Bills? A Republican-sponsored Bill that woud fund $5.7 Billion for the Wall!
Take a look at what he said on Twitter:
The Daily Caller explained more:
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is bucking the Democratic Party, announcing that he will vote for legislation funding a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Today I will vote for both gov funding bills b/c I believe we must end this harmful shutdown immediately & it’s our first opportunity in the Senate to do so,” the Democrat tweeted Thursday. “Even though they will probably fail, these votes are a start to finding a way to reopen the gov & get WVians back to work.”
The Senate will vote on two sharply different funding bills Thursday. First, lawmakers will vote on a GOP-backed bill that includes $5.7 billion the president has requested to fund his border wall and protections for some migrants. Following that vote, lawmakers will then decide on a Democratic-led budget proposal that does not include funding for the wall.
Both bills are expected to fail.
Despite Republicans holding a 53-seat majority, Senate rules require at least 60 votes for budget bills, and Democrats have remained steadfast in their opposition to the border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to allow both bills to receive a floor vote in hopes that it will be a step toward a compromise.
Manchin is not the only lawmaker who will vote in favor of both bills. Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine indicated they plan to vote for both bills, stressing the necessity to open the government and let federal employees finally receive a paycheck.
And from NewsMax:
Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he's voting for both bills to end the government shutdown, and he called on his colleagues to do the same.
"I want to move this forward," the West Virginia Democrat told reporters at the Capital, after commenting about his decision on Twitter. "This is ridiculous. If people would take the time and go and talk to the federal employees in their states and find out the hardships we've put them in, this is all manmade and turning not only into a catastrophe but an emergency."
Manchin added that the impasse is hurting vital government services, and food banks are being stressed to help support out-of work employees.
"I'm voting for both," said Manchin. "I want to work with the president and my colleagues. How could anybody vote against the second proposal? The second proposal is something we all voted for before."
Both bills need 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under GOP control by 53-47.
Republicans want to end the 34-day shutdown and combine it with $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall, while Democrats want to reopen the government for three weeks while a new budget accord is sought.
CNBC confirmed the outcome:
A GOP-backed measure to fund Trump's border wall and offer limited legal protections for some immigrants failed in a 50-47 vote. Three senators — Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republicans Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mike Lee of Utah — broke with their parties.