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Posted at 11:42 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2013
Sen. Joe Manchin III became the last Senate Democratic holdout to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, CQ Roll Call has confirmed.
The West Virginia Democrat apparently told The New York Times that he will vote yes when the bill comes before the chamber, as soon as next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Manchin says he will vote for LGBT non-discrimination bill. He was the last Dem holdout. Supporters now just one vote shy
— Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT) October 30, 2013
CQ Roll Call asked Manchin Tuesday and Wednesday morning about his position, but the senator’s office said he had not yet made a decision.
His support gets Senate Democratic leaders very close to the 60 votes they need to beat back an expected filibuster.
The bill now appears to have the backing of 58 lawmakers — including the entire 54-member Democratic caucus and four Republicans. When Sen.-elect Cory Booker, D-N.J., is sworn in Thursday, the Senate will be just one vote way from overcoming a procedural blockade.
On Tuesday, Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Bill Nelson of Florida came out in favor of the measure.
Meredith Shiner contributed to this post.