President Joe Biden will nominate the wife of moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to a high-paying federal position, according to Breitbart News.
Information indicating Biden’s plans to nominate Gayle Connelly Manchin, wife of Manchin — a critical swing vote in the Senate — to be the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) made it to the media earlier this week.
The position that Connelly Manchin would potentially take pays roughly $160,000 according to reports cited by Breitbart.
Connelly Manchin would be replacing Tim Thomas as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. According to the Washington Times, the organization is responsible for key issues in more than a dozen states:
“The organization is responsible for spurring economic development and investment in the 13 states that make up the region of Appalachia — which spans from northern Mississippi to Pennsylvania,” the Washington Times reported.
The Times also reported that the job brought with it the hefty annual pay of around $163,000.
This appointment would likely assist Manchin in his efforts to remain seen as a Moderate, but would also be problematic for his fellow senators who are more than a little nervous about the 50/50 split in the Senate, which only gives Democrats control due to the Democratic control over the White House.
The position, in and of itself, is significant, however. Connell Manchinin has spoken positively about Biden’s plans for religious freedom, telling the Christian Post, saying, according to Breitbart News, that the Biden administration “will be just as strong” on religious freedom as former President Donald Trump’s.