For legislation to pass, it needs to have support from at least 60% of the senators, and since as of 2020 half of the senators are from the Democratic Party while the other half are from the GOP, passing legislation becomes a challenging process, with filibusters being a popular counteroffensive method.
Furthermore, in the past few years, there were a few examples of GOP or Democrat defections.
Among the few moderate senators is West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, a Democrat who is vocal when it comes to opposing Joe Biden’s rulings.
Manchin has put himself in a fantastic position, but also a responsible one, as his support can prove vital for anything that the President suggests to Congress.
Is President Biden buying Joe Manchin?
One of the biggest news in the past several days was that Gayle Conelly Manchin, a wife of West Virginia’s senator, was nominated by Biden for co-chairing the Appalachian Regional Commission.
What started a few months ago is now one of the most significant projects involving 13 states of the Appalachian area, with an idea to improve trade and increase community capacity through innovative partnerships.
Much like with all important official roles, this nomination has to be confirmed by the Senate, and according to some reports, Biden is trying to prevent Joe Manchin from opposing new legislation related to gun control and minimum wages.
Well, by nominating Manchin’s wife.
Judging by his public interviews, Joe Manchin isn’t fascinated by the idea of extreme gun control.
Furthermore, he doesn’t support the $15 minimum wage legislation and is an adversary against eliminating filibusters.
By removing filibusters, Biden would gain massive control over Congress, and that’s something that Republicans wouldn’t like to see happening.
As it seems, President’s motifs for nominating Gayle Conelly Manchin are pretty straightforward – to prevent West Virginia’s Senator from speaking out against his rulings.
Not an isolated case
Although it isn’t something that you will regularly find, several senators’ spouses hold important positions.
The most famous one?
Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell’s spouse, played a part in the executive branch during George W. Bush Presidency as a labor secretary.
Not only that, but ex-President Trump also nominated her as a transportation secretary.
Is Biden trying to earn Joe Manchin’s loyalty through the ARC nomination?
It remains to be seen, but one thing is sure – the circumstances point to that.