1. Manchin's rationale for opposing the For The People Act, which would thwart state efforts to undermine voting rights, underscores the central role of the @USChamber.

Manchin is essentially quoting the Chamber's talking points

@USChamber 2. April talking points from the @USChamber: "Changes enacted on a partisan basis are the most likely to...undermine public confidence"

Manchin this week: "[P]artisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it"

3. The @USChamber is engaged in an aggressive lobbying campaign against federal action to protect voting rights that is financed by the same corporations who say they support voting rights.

4. Notably, the @USChamber, in its April talking point, insists that federal and state election changes should be bipartisan.

But while the Chamber is lobbying against federal bills, it has REMAINED SILENT on Texas' SB7.

5. NBD though, it's just the future of democracy at stake.

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