Manchin: Optimistic 'Brave Republicans' Will Help Pass Infrastructure Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday he’s optimistic “brave Republicans” can be persuaded to join Democrats in passing a crucial infrastructure bill.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Manchin — a key vote in the 50-50 divided Senate — said Senate Democrats have to “continue striving” to get the 10 Republican Senators  necessary to pass the $1 trillion Biden administration infrastructure plan.

“There’s been seven brave Republicans that have spoken out, they have voted, whether it be impeachment or the wrongdoings of the president, whether it be for a [Jan. 6] commission,” Manchin said. “We have to continue to keep striving to make sure that we can get to that 10. And that’s why we’re called the deliberate body. We keep working towards that goal.”

According to Manchin, President Joe Biden “knows how the Senate works better than probably any senator sitting today, or as well as any senator sitting anything today.”

“He understands we’re a deliberate body because we’re supposed to be a deliberate body to cool things off that come from the House. That’s what we’re doing. We’re looking every way we can to bring this country together and unite the country.”

“I’ve always been

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