Manchin Votes Alongside GOP to Pass Anti-CRT Amendment

Libby | August 12, 2021
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The Senate passed an anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) amendment Wednesday morning with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) voting alongside the 49 present Republicans.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning during the “vote-a-rama,” according to the Daily Caller, the amendment passed with a 50-49-1 vote.

The amendment’s “Statement of Purpose” is listed as follows:

To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in prekindergarten programs and elementary and secondary schools.

Sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the amendment prevents federal funding for CRT in schools.

“They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation — but a racist nation,” Cotton said during his speech on the senate floor in support of the amendment. “Those teachings are wrong, and our tax dollars should not support them.”

With one Republican member absent and not voting (Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota), Manchin joining the 49 GOP senators pushed the passage of the amendment forward.

During the vote-a-rama, senators proposed over 1,000 amendments, the Daily Caller also reported.

Though Manchin voted to pass Cotton’s anti-CRT amendment, he also voted to pass the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which he noted was “simply irresponsible.”

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