U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) finds himself in a difficult position amid pressure from his own party to support a measure that would essentially grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants currently living within the U.S.
A new poll, however, finds that he would lose the support of many constituents if he votes in favor of the proposal, which Democrats hope to ram through Congress using a process known as budget reconciliation.
According to Breitbart, Democratic lawmakers have been planning to include the amnesty measure in a budget proposal that would allow them to use reconciliation, thereby advancing the measure without GOP support.
The same legislative process was used earlier this year, allowing Democrats to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package along partisan lines.
Reconciliation essentially bypasses the Senate filibuster, allowing a measure to pass with a simple majority instead of the 60 votes needed to advance most other pieces of legislation.
Given the current makeup of the upper chamber, Democrats have the requisite 51 votes — with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote — if everyone in the party is united.
Earlier this week, Manchin voiced his support for the plan to slip the immigration proposal in the budget package set to be passed using reconciliation, as reported by Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis.
Meanwhile, in a recent Zogby poll conducted for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a clear majority — 55% — of likely West Virginia voters would be less likely to vote for the incumbent in future races if he votes for the amnesty plan outlined above.
Less than 1 in 4 respondents indicated that they would be more likely to support Manchin under such circumstances.
Asked about their opinion of the Democratic Party’s plan to pass an amnesty measure using reconciliation, 52% of respondents said they were opposed while just 34% approved of the idea.
The pollster found nearly identical results when asking the likely West Virginia voters about including an amnesty bill in a federal infrastructure package with 52% against the proposal and 34% for it.
With Manchin positioned as the deciding vote on this controversial issue, voters in his home state appear to be telling him that the wrong decision could jeopardize his political future.