Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared on Fox and Friends yesterday and admitted that President Obama “overreached” with his executive amnesty plan, and that he would “be voting with the Republicans to repeal the president’s actions.”
Via Fox News:
…McConnell’s gambit surely boosts the chances of passage in the Senate. Earlier in the day, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia told Fox News he would support both a clean funding bill and the bill to block Obama’s executive actions.
Here is a transcript of the exchange:
DOOCY: “… for Mitch McConnell, he’s gonna propose his plan B which is a stand-alone bill, executive amnesty essentially, that they say is unconstitutional separate from the Department of Homeland Security funding. So you are a ‘Yes’ with the Republicans on that, right?”
MANCHIN: “Yes. Yes on that. I want to get Homeland Security — let’s make sure we understand the filibuster. Basically it takes 60 votes, with filibuster it takes 60 votes to get on the bill. Once you get on the bill then it takes 51 simple majority. The bottom line: I’m happy to debate the bills, happy to talk about it, but we have to have a Homeland Security Bill that basically protects us with all the threats we have going on here within our country and also around the world. With that being said, yes, if he gave me a bill, let me vote on a clean Homeland Security. And I have told the Democrats, they know exactly where I stand. I think the president overreached and I would be — I will be voting with the Republicans to repeal the president’s action.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to separate Homeland Security Funding from Obama’s executive amnesty plan, a move many conservatives view as surrender to the President.
However, the move has on its face, garnered support in opposition to executive amnesty from Manchin, and possibly other Democrats.
Via the Free Beacon:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) said that a number of Democrats will join with Republicans to vote against Obama’s executive action if it is separated from funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
Did the Republicans cave, or are the Democrats serious about voting against Obama’s executive amnesty plan? What do you think of Joe Manchin’s comments that the President overreached?