Sen. Joe Manchin met with civil rights leaders Tuesday morning. The meeting focused on, among other topics, voting rights.
The list of leaders Manchin spoke with includes the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton tweeted about the meeting after it happened, calling it “candid.”
“We laid out why his support on Voting and Police reform laws are vital,” Sharpton tweeted. “He says he listened to us intently and will be back to us within days.”
The meeting comes two days after Manchin wrote an op-ed saying he would not support HR1, also known as the For the People Act.
President Joe Biden had urged the leaders to meet with Manchin. He told them to keep the tone friendly and constructive and to not pressure Manchin.
For more on Manchin’s power in the Senate, check out Shannon Longworth’s story here.
Gwen Baumgardner: WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JOE MANCHIN JUST MET WITH CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS TO DISCUSS VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION.
IT WAS A VIRTUAL MEETING. AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESIDENT.
IT COMES TWO DAYS AFTER MANCHIN WROTE AN OP-ED SAYING HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT THE ‘FOR THE PEOPLE ACT’.
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS INCLUDING THE REVEREND AL SHARPTON AND NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE PRESIDENT MARC MORIAL, ARE HOPING TO CHANGE HIS MIND.
THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE STATES TO EXPAND MAIL-IN VOTING — WHILE ALSO LENGTHENING THE HOURS OF IN-PERSON VOTING.
SHARPTON TOOK TO TWITTER CALLING TODAY’S MEETING “CANDID” AFTER HE AND OTHERS LAID OUT WHY MANCHIN’S SUPPORT ON VOTING AND POLICE REFORM LAWS IS VITAL.
THIS ONCE AGAIN … HIGHLIGHTS THE POWER MANCHIN HOLDS ON CAPITAL HILL.
SHANNON LONGWORTH TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS SWING VOTE SENATOR IN HER “JUST ONE NAME” STORY.
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