Politics Manchin throws cold water on using budget reconciliation
The Perils of Making Reconciliation a Filibuster Workaround
Senate Democrats are considering turning reconciliation into something it was never meant to be. Our politics will suffer if they do.If Senate Democrats get their way, however, “reconciliation” may come to mean the opposite: “Republicans can complain all they want, but they better reconcile themselves to getting steamrolled by 51 Democratic votes.” That’s because budget reconciliation is rapidly evolving into the preferred tool for working around the Senate’s much-lamented supermajority requirement and enabling the majority party to have its way.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) criticized attempts to eliminate the filibuster and use the budget reconciliation process to pass legislation that bypasses needing GOP votes on bills.
"We should all be alarmed at how the budget reconciliation process is being used by both parties to stifle debate around the major issues facing our country today," Manchin in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
"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," Manchin wrote.
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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently that using the budget reconciliation process was on the table for Biden's infrastructure plan if Republicans refused to vote for it. The mechanism was used to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus-relief measure in March.
The use of budget reconciliation does not require the Senate to reach a 60-vote threshold.
Manchin said efforts to abolish the filibuster and use of budget reconciliation will open the door for drastic policy changes every time the control of the Senate changes between parties.
"If the filibuster is eliminated or budget reconciliation becomes the norm, a new and dangerous precedent will be set to pass sweeping, partisan legislation that changes the direction of our nation every time there is a change in political control," Manchin said.
Manchin says he won't vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Manchin said there is "no circumstance" that he would vote to end the filibuster."There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster," Manchin said in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. "The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation.
"The consequences will be profound - our nation may never see stable governing again," he added.
Sen.Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has also against eliminating the filibuster.
Manchin said there are plenty of issues, including voting rights, that has bipartisan support and needs to go through the traditional process.
"There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster. The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation," Manchin said.
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"I think that every Republican wants to raise the minimum wage," said the Democratic senator from West Virginia. "Everyone's just not in sync with Bernie Sanders at $15."President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have pushed to more than double the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15, but Manchin along with some other moderate Democrats and many Republicans have opposed the proposal. Democrats' efforts to include the substantial wage hike in Biden's $1.