The vote to ban critical race theory was a razor-thin victory for Republicans and they have one Democrat to thank for this win: Joe Manchin.
This isn’t the first time Manchin has voted with Republicans, but it’s certainly one of his bolder moves; as his vote just narrowly tipped the scales in the GOP’s favor.
Sad to say, but we owe Joe a huge token of gratitude for this one.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote early Wednesday in favor of blocking federal funding from being used in the teaching of critical race theory in prekindergarten and K-12 schools.
The vote was held shortly after midnight Wednesday to decide on an amendment introduced by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton during the Senate’s budget resolution negotiations for the 2022 fiscal year.
Aside from Manchin, the 49 other senators who voted in favor of the amendment were all Republicans. Every other Democrat in the Senate voted against the amendment’s passage, with only one senator—Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota—not voting. The amendment passed 50-49.
Attention has focused frequently on Manchin because of his swing vote potential this year after Democrats gained a majority in the Senate. With 48 Democratic senators and two independents who caucus with the Democrats, Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties when they occur in the chamber.
Lord knows that Manchin is going to face an absolute firestorm from his Democrat colleagues.
Heck, he’ll probably get a tongue lashing from Chuck Schumer himself, who seems even more unhinged than usual lately.
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