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Joe Manchin Considers Leaving Senate

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) is considering exiting the United States Senate before the end of the 116th Congress or after the 2020 elections, according to The Hill.

Manchin is reportedly deeply troubled by the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and is instead, considering running for governor in his home state.

“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor. We’re looking at all the different plays. I want to make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive,” he told The Hill.

He also said he has not been happy with the lack of action in the Senate.

“I haven’t been happy since I’ve been here. I’ve always thought there was more we can do. It’s the greatest body in the world, so much good could be done,” he said.

According to the Hill, “Manchin’s patience reached a breaking point shortly before the Memorial Day recess, when the Senate finally finished debating a disaster relief bill that many lawmakers thought should have passed weeks earlier.”

A Democratic senator told the publication that Manchin got fed up and threatened to retire before the end of the 116th Congress.

“He said, ‘I’m out of here.’ He was all pissed off and said, ‘I’m going to be out of here,’ ” the lawmaker–who requested anonymity–said.

The Hill writes:

Manchin continued to vent about the Senate’s lack of productivity during a trip he took with Senate colleagues to countries around the Arctic Circle, including Greenland, a Norwegian archipelago, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

“I think he’s been fed up for a long time,” said a senator who traveled with Manchin. “He said, ‘I have so many people talking to me about whether I should or I shouldn’t [run for governor].’ ”

“One of the things you get as a lawmaker is you get lots of free advice from lots of people. He expressed frustration, and it’s the same that a lot of people share,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on background.

A third Senate colleague who has spoken to Manchin about his future in the Senate said, “All he says is, ‘I’ll be here until 2020.’”

Senate Blocks Green New Deal 0-57

The Senate failed to get enough votes to open debate on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical Green New Deal.

Legislators voted 0-57 on taking up the non-binding resolution, failing to reach the 60 votes necessary to open debate.

Most Democrats voted present, enabling them to avoid taking a formal stance on the measure. Democrats Joe Manchin (WV), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Doug Jones (AL) and Angus King (I-ME) voted with Republicans against debating the Green New Deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) established the vote as a way to force Democrats–including many 2020 presidential candidates–to go on the record about the resolution.

Prior to the vote, he tweeted, “Later today, the American people will see which of their senators can do the common-sense thing and vote “no” on this destructive socialist daydream.”

He also slammed the Green New Deal for killing off jobs and energy.

“The Green New Deal, my Democratic colleagues’ rallying cry: Killing off entire domestic industries,” he tweeted. “Winding down millions of jobs. Basically outlawing the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford.”

Ocasio-Cortez slammed McConnell’s plan for the vote, claiming the Senator “doesn’t want to save our planet.”

“What McConnell’s doing is that he’s trying to rush this bill to the floor without a hearing… without working through committee — because he doesn’t want to save our planet,” she said. “Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned.”

Tragic: Just 3 Senate Democrats Voted Against Infanticide

Only three Democrats voted against infanticide yesterday after the Senate’s roll call vote on GOP Sen. Ben Sasse’s (NE) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

The bill would require abortion doctors to seek medical care for babies that survived abortions and would criminalize the deliberate killing of the child after delivery.

The Daily Caller reports:

Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey voted alongside Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, also from the Keystone State, who had co-sponsored the bill with Sasse. Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, who recently flipped his seat from Republican hands, also voted with Republicans Monday.

Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the third Democrat to cross the aisle on this particular issue — a move that many likely expected after some of his more recent comments. Manchin was one of the only Democrats to stand during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address when the president called for an end to abortions after the unborn baby can feel pain.

Manchin said he supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks because “late term abortions are just horrific…Totally just wrong.”

Sasse originally sought unanimous consent for his bill, however, Democratic Senator Patty Murray objected to the bill.

During a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month in support of the bill, Sasse said, “Everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing that little baby is wrong. This doesn’t take any political courage. And, if you can’t say that, if there’s a member of this body that can’t say that, there may be lots of work you can do in the world but you shouldn’t be here. You should get the heck out of any calling in public life where you pretend to care about the most vulnerable among us,” he said.

The Senator continued, “There should be no politics here that are right vs. left, or Republican vs. Democrat. This is the most basic thing you could be talking about. We’re talking about a little baby born alive and we have a public official in America defending the idea ‘Well, you could have a debate about killing her.’”