Sanders signals openness to Manchin's voting rights compromise

Sanders won't say if he'll support Manchin's voting rights compromise

Sanders signals openness to Manchin's voting rights compromise

"And if not, why not?"

Manchin's proposal eliminated numerous more radical measures included in the original bill, but it does address redistricting, which to Graham is a deal-breaker.

"Sounds like I'm open to doing everything I possibly can to protect American democracy", Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, said when pressed by CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" if he supports Manchin's proposal. Under this proposal you would have some kind of commission redraw the new districts and I don't like that. "I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate the new congressional seats". "It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID, it does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts".

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Wallace quickly pointed out that Graham was objecting to measures that Manchin has not proposed. "And as you know, the Constitution does provide federal oversight of state elections". "You just need to get involved and lead", Graham said. Graham if Republicans intent on rejecting the voting bill were risking Democrats responding by lowering the number of votes needed to overcome the filibuster's barrier from 60 to 55.

"I hope not", Graham replied before insisting that there are other bipartisan issues that Republicans will support.

"When we had the Senate, the House, and the White House under President Trump, I had a bunch of Democrats wanting to sign a letter with me protecting the filibuster", Graham recalled. "So I was beat on every day. I said, no, I don't think it would be good for the country".

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"As much as I like Joe Manchin, the answer would be no", he added, continuing to rail against the voting rights proposals Democrats have largely been pushing for.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on this week's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday" that he was "beat on every day" by former President Donald Trump and his allies to try to change the rules in the Senate.

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