Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he's voting for both bills to end the government shutdown, and he called on his colleagues to do the same.
"I want to move this forward," the West Virginia Democrat told reporters at the Capital, after commenting about his decision on Twitter. "This is ridiculous. If people would take the time and go and talk to the federal employees in their states and find out the hardships we've put them in, this is all manmade and turning not only into a catastrophe but an emergency."
Manchin added that the impasse is hurting vital government services, and food banks are being stressed to help support out-of work employees.
"I'm voting for both," said Manchin. "I want to work with the president and my colleagues. How could anybody vote against the second proposal? The second proposal is something we all voted for before."
Both bills need 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under GOP control by 53-47.
Republicans want to end the 34-day shutdown and combine it with $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall, while Democrats want to reopen the government for three weeks while a new budget accord is sought.
Both bills are expected to fail, and if that happens, lawmakers need to stay in Washington and work until a solution is found, said Manchin.
"There are a few of us that want to work with everybody and anybody that can stop this immediately," the senator said.
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