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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been put under enormous pressure since previously announcing he would not support so-called “filibuster reform.” Democrats, including Joe Biden, are salivating at the prospect of blowing up the process to push through bills they claim are just too important to allow the minority party input on. But in a 50/50 Senate, Manchin, a Democrat, holds an incredible amount of power in deciding what will and won’t happen going forward.
In a new op-ed, Manchin reiterated his opposition to blowing up the filibuster, addressing the issue in no uncertain terms. But more importantly, he also signaled that he’s not down with abusing the reconciliation process as a way to go around the filibuster.
Joe Manchin op-ed in the Washington Post not only confirms “there is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” it also seems to pour cold water on Schumer’s proposed reconciliation games. https://t.co/DwwFtaPBRH pic.twitter.com/GMW8Cs3npr
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 8, 2021
Here are some excerpts from The New York Post.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has pledged that under “no circumstance” will he vote to eliminate the filibuster amid a push by his other members of his party to reform the rule.
“I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt,” Manchin, a moderate, wrote in a op-ed published in The Washington Post on Wednesday.
“There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” he wrote.