Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin cements key-vote status in 50-50 SenateSchumer moves to bring up Becerra’s nomination after committee tieNo Republicans back .9T COVID-19 relief billMORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday said he will vote to confirm Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraManchin cements key-vote status in 50-50 SenateSchumer moves to bring up Becerra’s nomination after committee tieSenate confirms Michael Regan as EPA chiefMORE as secretary of Health and Human Services.

Manchin’s support will likely give Democrats the necessary votes for confirmation, after the Senate Finance Committee deadlocked on advancing President BidenJoe BidenManchin cements key-vote status in 50-50 SenateThe Memo: How the COVID year upended politicsPost-pandemic plans for lawmakers: Chuck E. Cheese, visiting friends, hugging grandkidsMORE’s nominee to lead the health agency.

It is unclear if any GOP senators will vote for Becerra’s nomination in the full Senate. If they all oppose him, he’ll need the support of every Democratic senator and Vice President Harris to break a tie. 

While Attorney General Xavier Becerra and I have very different records on issues like abortion and the Second Amendment, he has affirmed to me his dedication to working with members on both sides of the aisle to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous needs of our nation in a bipartisan way,” Manchin said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with Attorney General Becerra to expand healthcare for rural communities and address the issues facing our nation, he added.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer, Collins spar over 2009 stimulus voteOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans put procedural delay on Haaland’s nomination | Interior Department announces next steps in review of oil and gas lease moratorium | Judge approves .5B Daimler settlement in diesel emissions probeFrustrated progressives on relief package: ‘We’ll take the win’MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday invoked a rule to force Becerra’s nomination out of the committee. Under the rule, the Senate will hold a four-hour debate and then a vote on Thursday on whether to bring Becerra’s nomination to the floor, where Democrats will need only a simple majority to move forward.

Republicans have made Becerra a lightning rod for criticism, attacking him over what they say is a lack of health care experience, as well as his views on abortion and his support for “Medicare for All.”

Becerra is a former longtime House member who then served as Attorney General for California until his nomination.

Heritage Action, a conservative grassroots group, announced last week that it was spending $500,000 on an ad campaign to try to pressure Manchin and Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Mark KellyMark KellySchumer moves to bring up Becerra’s nomination after committee tieSenate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrantsThe eight Democrats who voted ‘no’ on minimum wageMORE (D-Ariz.) to vote against Becerra’s nomination.