Newsweek: Joe Manchin Only Democrat to Join Republicans In Vote to Ban Critical Race Theory Funding


Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote early Wednesday in favor of blocking federal funding from being used in the teaching of critical race theory in prekindergarten and K-12 schools.

The vote was held shortly after midnight Wednesday to decide on an amendment introduced by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton during the Senate‘s budget resolution negotiations for the 2022 fiscal year.

Aside from Manchin, the 49 other senators who voted in favor of the amendment were all Republicans. Every other Democrat in the Senate voted against the amendment’s passage, with only one senator—Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota—not voting. The amendment passed 50-49.

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