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Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) said President Biden has not pushed him to support his agenda, including sweeping legislation to overhaul elections that he opposed earlier this week or a Democrat-only spending bill.

“The president respects the institution so much because he was here and knows it better than everyone else. He does not get involved,” Manchin said in an interview with Politico on Tuesday.

“I already know where he is. I know the challenges he has, and I know basically the pressure he’s receiving all the time. We’re just trying to find a balance for it,” he added.

Manchin, a moderate Democrat, holds a crucial vote in the evenly divided Senate as Biden works to push his progressive agenda forward with little-to-no Republican support.

Manchin came out against Democrats’ sweeping voter rights legislation in an essay for the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday. 

He said that he would not support the “For the People Act,” which would override hundreds of state laws governing elections, federalize control of voting and elections to an unprecedented degree, and end two centuries of state power to draw congressional districts.

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