With time running out before Friday’s deadline, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said that he will stand with Republicans on President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Manchin made the comments to the trio at “Fox And Friends” Tuesday morning, with only four days left before the Department of Homeland Security’s funding runs out. The Democrat does want a vote on a clean DHS funding bill, however.
“Let’s make sure we understand the filibuster,” Manchin said. “Basically, it takes 60 votes. If we filibuster, it takes 60 votes to get on the bill. Once you get on the bill, it takes 51 — simple majority. The bottom line is I’m happy to debate the bills and talk about them, 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’d give me a bill. Let me vote on a clean Homeland Security. And I’ve told the Democrats. They know exactly where I stand,” Manchin said. “I think the president overreached, and I would be – I will be voting with the Republicans to repeal the president’s actions, but not all of them combined into one.”