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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Sen. Joe Manchin has a longstanding reputation as a moderate, but his general voting record is closer to the party line than many other Senate centrists, which has frequently infuriated Senate Democrats on important matters this Congress.
According to a ProPublica database, Manchin, D-W.Va., sided with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 88 percent of the time this Congress and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 91 percent of the time. Significantly, he concurred on 91 percent of votes with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to ProPublica.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a fellow moderate Democrat who has voted with Schumer on 96 percent of roll calls since 2021, also has a smaller vote share than the majority of other Democrats. 98 percent of the time, the majority of the other Senate Democrats side with Schumer, claims ProPublica.
Manchin, though, follows party policy significantly more frequently than certain GOP moderates when it comes to voting.
During a press conference regarding the Democrats’ reconciliation measure, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with a reporter. Fox News’ Tyler Olson.
According to ProPublica, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, in just 62% of her votes this Congress. The database shows that Collins actually voted more frequently with Schumer, doing so 73% of the time.
68 percent of the time, Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, votes with McConnell. Only 73 percent of the time did Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has recently embraced former President Donald Trump and distanced himself from his reputation as a moderate, vote with McConnell.
A Senate GOP leadership aide criticized Manchin, saying, “The basic issue is he portrays himself as a moderate but at the end of the day he always ends up where Chuck Schumer needs him to be.”
In the 2016 presidential election, Manchin additionally supported and cast his vote for Hillary Clinton.
The American Rescue Plan, which is the “$1.9 trillion bill that got us into this in the first place,” was cited by a different Senate GOP aide as one Manchin vote from this Congress that really irritated them. If Manchin had voted against it, the bill would not have been passed across party lines and become law. Manchin voted against the Republicans’ 2017 tax cut, the GOP aide added.
Republicans have stepped up their criticism on Manchin, who is currently spearheading the charge for a new social spending and taxes plan that Democrats want to approve across party lines through a procedure known as budget reconciliation. After more than a year of negotiations inside their own parties, Schumer and Manchin released the “Inflation Reduction Act” last week.
In comparison to certain moderate Republicans who support Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia agree on Senate votes 91 percent of the time. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images provided the image.
The measure contains provisions relating to taxes, prescription drugs, the Affordable Care Act, and the environment. According to Democrats, it would cost $433 billion and generate $739 billion in tax revenue. Republicans, meanwhile, are criticizing the measure for what they claim are bogus climate provisions and what they claim is an indirect tax burden on the middle class, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
An inquiry for comment made for this article was not answered by Manchin’s office. Republicans, according to the senator, are the ones who are mistaken, and in less divisive times, they would really support his bill.
“My Republican colleagues are my friends, and we have done a great deal of work together. And I’ll keep cooperating with them in whatever manner possible “Manchin responded to a question from Fox News Digital earlier this week. “However, we have all discussed these issues in cross-partisan organizations. How do we get our financial home in order, start paying off our debt, and treat our finances seriously? Every time we come together as a group, we discuss issues related to bipartisan support. How can we increase our output?”
Republicans claim that Manchin effectively changed his position after stating just a month prior that he didn’t think it would be wise to support a plan with significant tax and spending elements given the state of the economy.
On the “Guy Benson Show” on Fox News Radio on Wednesday, McConnell claimed that Joe Manchin “turned back on everything he had been stating publicly about what he would not do.”
This Congress, Democrats have not been able to abolish the Senate filibuster thanks in large part to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (Screenshot of the US Senate)
“It was a complete 180 degree turn. Everything he formerly opposed is now supported by him “Texas senator John Cornyn declared last week. “People who wish to lie to you in front of your face bother me. However, we’ve learned our lesson, and it won’t happen again.”
Of course, the senior senator from West Virginia does not always agree with his party. Manchin halted negotiations when Democrats were promoting an earlier draft of their reconciliation package, dubbed “Build Back Better,” because he objected to the anticipated spending, which at one time reached as high as $3 trillion.
Additionally, he has a history of criticizing Biden officials in front of the committee, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick whom he blasted for allegedly dragging their feet on pipeline permits earlier this year. Under former President Donald Trump, Manchin additionally supported the confirmation of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Most importantly, Manchin and Sinema fought side by side against Democratic attempts to abolish the Senate filibuster entirely this Congress. Democrats have declared they want to do away with the filibuster in order to reshape the Supreme Court, admit Puerto Rico as a state, codify abortion rights, and other things. They sought to utilize the “nuclear option” to do that for an election law. All of the initiatives failed, primarily because to Manchin.
Republicans, however, claim that Manchin is no longer considered a centrist after advocating for this social spending plan and that they are no longer interested in getting along with him.
Manchin is up for reelection in 2024, and Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a statement, “We’re going to be focusing on that seat in 2024.”
For Fox News Digital, Tyler Olson covers politics. Tyler Olson can be reached at email@example.com. You can follow Tyler Olson on Twitter at @TylerOlson1791.