Manchin: 'No circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster'




 

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Manchin reiterated his opposition to eliminating the filibuster on Wednesday, dimming hopes for changing the contentious rule.

In an opinion piece published in Wednesday in The Washington Post, Manchin, D-W.V. cautioned against ousting the voting procedure to keep the majority party from bypassing minority opinion in enacting legislation.

"The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic form of government. That is why I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster," Manchin wrote.

The West Virginia senator also signaled that he may oppose the use of the budget reconciliation process to pass legislation such as President Joe Biden's landmark $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

A key Senate official ruled Monday that Senate Democrats could use the budget process for more legislation, according Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's office. Vice President Kamala Harris would then be able to break a tie vote.

"I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace regular order in the Senate. How is that good for the future of this nation?" Manchin wrote. "Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues. Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no, and participate in finding real compromise with Democrats."

More: What is the filibuster? A look at the Senate's consequential quirk and debate on its future

Under the filibuster, the Senate requires a 60-vote minimum to end a debate before a simple majority can pass a bill.

The Senate stands at a 50-50 party split, meaning bills that have passed in the House - such as the For the People Act - may face the filibuster in the Senate.

Manchin cited retired Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid's attempt to get rid of the procedure in 2013 and former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., proposal to end debate on Supreme Court nominees to a simple majority as measures that weakened the filibuster to the country's detriment.

More: Biden to unveil 6 executive actions to curb gun violence

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is one of the few members of Manchin's party who sharesi his views. Manchin's announcement is at odds with other Democrats, including Biden. Last month, the president expressed concerns about abuses of the filibuster to hamper legislative progress.

Manchin acknowledged the weaknesses of the filibuster in his statement but advocated for bipartisan cooperation over eradicating the procedure.

"Every time the Senate voted to weaken the filibuster in the past decade, the political dysfunction and gridlock have grown more severe," Manchin wrote. "The political games playing out in the halls of Congress only fuel the hateful rhetoric and violence we see across our country right now. The truth is, my Democratic friends do not have all the answers and my Republican friends do not, either. This has always been the case."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Manchin: 'No circumstance' in which I'll vote to eliminate filibuster

COMMENTS

More Related News

Pelosi aims to have Biden infrastructure bill passed before August
Pelosi aims to have Biden infrastructure bill passed before August

"I would hope that our part in that House would be largely done before the Fourth of July," Pelosi said.

Amtrak Joe: A brief look at President Biden
Amtrak Joe: A brief look at President Biden's long history of supporting America's railroad

The president's political and personal history has been interwoven with the US rail system Amtrak, earning him the nickname "Amtrak Joe."

How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the GOP
How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the GOP

WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are passing voting restrictions to pacify right-wing activists still gripped by former President Donald Trump's lie that a ...

VCs are hopeful Biden
VCs are hopeful Biden's infrastructure investments boost startups tackling climate change

After co-piloting President Obama's efforts to fight climate change as vice president, Joe Biden is having his second go, releasing a broad infrastructure...

Fourth stimulus check: Lawmakers pressure Biden to say yes to more payments
Fourth stimulus check: Lawmakers pressure Biden to say yes to more payments

The president is being urged to roll more direct aid money into his infrastructure bill.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America