U.S. Senator Manchin says he will oppose voting rights bill pushed by his colleagues

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a crucial swing vote in the U.S. Senate, announced on Sunday he intends to oppose a sweeping voting rights bill backed by the majority of his fellow Democrats that would expand access to voting across the nation.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin said the bill, known as the For the People Act, “is the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it will divide us further.”

Manchin is key to control of the U.S. Senate, which is divided equally between Democrats and Republicans. He has at times proven to be a thorn in the Biden administration’s side by crossing party lines to oppose legislation or block White House appointees.

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