House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) lambasted Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin can support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund by backing Build Back Better Schumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday session Like it or not, all roads forward for Democrats go through Joe Manchin MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday for saying a vote on changing voting rights laws must be bipartisan.
Last week, Manchin delivered a blow to Democratic hopes of advancing voting rights legislation, telling CNN that any rule changes made to advance voting rights bills should be made on a bipartisan basis.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Clyburn told Fox News anchor Bret Baier that’s Manchin’s suggestions of requiring bipartisan support for voting tights caused him “pain.”
“I am, as you know, a Black person, descended of people who were given the vote by the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 15th amendment was not a bipartisan vote, it was a single party vote that gave Black people the right to vote,” Clyburn told Baier.
“Manchin and others need to stop saying that because that gives me great pain for somebody to imply that the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution is not legitimate because it did not have bipartisan buy-in,” he added.
With the Build Back Better Act stalled in the Senate, the White House has recently shifted its focus to voting rights legislation. President BidenJoe BidenAre we investing trillions on what matters? Biden eulogizes Reid as a fighter ‘for the America we all love’ at memorial service Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events MORE and Vice President Harris are expected to travel to Georgia later this week to promote the John LewisJohn LewisSchumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday session The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Biden unleashes on Trump and GOP Democrats skeptical of McConnell’s offer to talk on election law MORE Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
Last week, Manchin said on CNN that it was his “absolute preference” for Senate rules to be changed on a bipartisan vote, having previously expressed his opposition to eliminating the filibuster along party lines.
“I’ve always been for rules being done the way we’ve always done, two-thirds of the members voting. Any way you can do a rules change to where everyone’s involved, that’s a rule that usually will stay. That’s what we should be pursing,” he said.