Joe Manchin says he will vote against nominees if they do not have bipartisan support

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Senator Joe Manchin speaks to reporters as he leaves the Senate floor following a vote on January 23 in Washington, DC.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a swing vote in the closely divided Senate, said Wednesday that from now on he will only vote to confirm nominees who have the support of at least one Republican senator.

“I’m going to be very honest with everyone: If my Democratic colleagues and friends can’t get a Republican vote, don’t count on me. “You can’t make it bipartisan, don’t count on me,” said the West Virginia Democrat, who has announced his retirement will begin in January 2025.

“I’m not leaving this place unless I can practice what I preach and am preaching, basically bipartisanship,” he said. “This is my little way of doing it.”

Manchin’s comments came in response to questions from CNN about President Joe Biden’s nominee for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim-American on a federal appeals court. Many Republicans vehemently oppose him and accuse him of holding extreme views and being part of a group they call anti-Semitic. Top Democrats strongly defend him and are pushing for a full vote after he was narrowly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, although they admit they don’t know if they have the votes to confirm him.

One Democrat, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, announced her opposition to Mangi on Tuesday.

Manchin did not make any special comments about Mangi, other than to say he would look into her background.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a centrist Republican from Alaska who often votes bipartisan, told CNN on Wednesday that she needs to examine Mangi’s record before deciding how she will vote.

For Manchin, he said there is an exception to his recently announced bipartisanship requirement: “That’s my requirement unless they’re crazy. If they’re crazy leftists, I’ll vote against them anyway. If they are half decent, they will get at least one Republican to vote for them.”

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