Democrats’ Path To Big Legislation Runs Through West Virginia. Is It A Dead End?

Democrats’ Path To Big Legislation Runs Through West Virginia. Is It A Dead End?
Democrats’ Path To Big Legislation Runs Through West Virginia. Is It A Dead End?

Democrats’ Path To Big Legislation Runs Through West Virginia. Is It A Dead End?

Democratic proposals for immigration reform, gun control, infrastructure and voting rights are stalled in Congress. Standing in between Democrats and much of their progressive wish list is one of their own, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has signaled his opposition to eliminating the filibuster or passing an infrastructure plan without Republican support.

He’s not the only West Virginian with an outsized influence in Washington right now. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is representing Senate Republicans in negotiations with the White House over infrastructure. Despite meeting with President Biden repeatedly in recent days, the two sides appear to be far apart.

For more on the two Senators’ role in national politics and what their mandate is from voters back home, congressional correspondent Sue Davis and Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting speak to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly.

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