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Senate approves Manchin resolution on transfer of power

WASHINGTON — A resolution offered by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., calling for the peaceful and orderly transititon of power after the election in November was approved by unanimous consent Thursday by the U.S. Senate.

The resolution was in response to President Donald Trump on Wednesday refusing to agree to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November.

“Whereas our domestic tranquility, national security, general welfare, and civil liberties depend upon the peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” the resolution said.

It was approved by unanimous consent, meaning no senators were opposed. The Senate is controlled by the Republicans.

“This is not Republican or Democrat. Make no mistake. This is basically if you believe, for the sake of the good Lord and all we believe in and our country, this is about maintaining this democracy,” Manchin said. “That’s all it’s about.”

The election is on Nov. 3.

“It’s a shame that we have to come and reaffirm our commitment to our country, to our constitution, and who we are as a people and how we became a great country, the greatest country on Earth, with the freedoms we all take for granted,” Manchin said.

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