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'I don't think anybody changed positions' -Manchin

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Manchin announced on Sunday he would oppose legislation already approved by the House of Representatives that would expand Americans' ability to cast votes by mail, lengthen in-person voting hours and make certain campaign contributions more transparent.

The moderate senator from West Virginia, a state that is overwhelmingly Republican, has been under intense pressure from Democrats, including President Joe Biden, to support major legislative initiatives ranging from COVID-19 relief to policing and election reforms.

His support is crucial in the Senate, where Democrats hold the slimmest of majorities.

Following the more than hour-long meeting conducted remotely, Manchin spoke briefly to reporters and described a conversation that was "respectful" and "excellent," noting the talks would continue.

But he added, "I don't think anybody changed positions."

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