White House considering another administration ouster - this is who might be replaced

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2017

Joe Manchin (D-WV) to become the next Energy Secretary.

If Manchin were offered and accepted the position, that would allow West Virginia's Governor Jim Justice - a newly minted Republican - to appoint a GOP successor and bring the party a vote closer in the Senate to being able to repeal Obamacare.

Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for Manchin, told Bloomberg that the West Virginia Democrat hasn't been in talks for the job and did not say whether Manchin would take the job if offered to him. "He remains committed to serving the people of West Virginia", Kott said. Rick Perry at the Department of Energy, to be replaced with Sen. Wendy Davis: Collins and Murkowski inspire the next generation of women in politics Manchin: 'I don't give a s--' if I win reelection MORE (W.Va.) as Energy secretary, Bloomberg reported Friday. The Air Force veteran was initially under consideration to lead the Pentagon under Trump. The Energy Department's main tasks include overseeing the national laboratories system, conducting research and development, and maintaining the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The ultimate goal of such a Cabinet shift would be to jump-start Trump's agenda in Congress, particularly repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

"Yet to execute the idea and pass an Obamacare repeal, Republicans and the administration would have to pull off a highly choreographed series of events", Bloomberg noted. A repeal and replace bill failed by one vote last month after three Republicans voted against it.

Some of those senators, however, like Lindsey Graham of SC, said they were only voting for the bill to bring it to negotiations with the House.

Manchin was reportedly considered for the job after Trump's election in November, but Trump eventually nominated former Texas Gov.

Manchin has sought to position himself as a political independent.

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