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Politics What Joe Manchin Has Said About the Filibuster

11:30  08 april  2021
11:30  08 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Democrat Joe Manchin 'will NOT vote to eliminate the filibuster'

  Democrat Joe Manchin 'will NOT vote to eliminate the filibuster' Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the declaration in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday.Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the declaration in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday, claiming that killing the filibuster would lead to more political partisanship and government dysfunction.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said he will not support abolishing or weakening the filibuster in what may be a blow to parts of the Democrats' agenda and President Joe Biden.

Joe Manchin wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV) chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, ask questions of Rep. Debra Haaland, (D-NM) President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Interior, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, at the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. Manchin has ruled out supporting reform or abolition of the filibuster. © Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV) chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, ask questions of Rep. Debra Haaland, (D-NM) President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Interior, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, at the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. Manchin has ruled out supporting reform or abolition of the filibuster.

Manchin, who is seen as a conservative Democratic, published an op-ed in The Washington Post on Wednesday firmly defending the filibuster and calling for a new era of bipartisanship.

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The filibuster is a parliamentary procedure that allows a minority of 41 senators to prevent the passage of legislation. It's seen renewed focus and criticism since Democrats took control of the chamber.

Manchin's article states "I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster" and he offers justification for his decision.

"The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic form of government," Manchin wrote.

Ruling out changing the filibuster Manchin said "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.

"We will not solve our nation's problems in one Congress if we seek only partisan solutions. Instead of fixating on eliminating the filibuster or shortcutting the legislative process through budget reconciliation, it is time we do our jobs."

Mitch McConnell Says Joe Manchin 'Almost Single-handedly Is Preserving the Senate'

  Mitch McConnell Says Joe Manchin 'Almost Single-handedly Is Preserving the Senate' The Senate minority leader praised the Democrat for wanting to keep the filibuster in the upper house.Senator Manchin continues to be a barrier to the Democrats' efforts to get rid of the rule that requires 60 votes to pass most legislation, in order to ease the passage of President Joe Biden's agenda.

Democrats recently used the budget reconciliation process to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package without Republican support. There are limits to the kind of measures that reconciliation can be used pass.

"Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues," Manchin said. "Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no, and participate in finding real compromise with Democrats."

Manchin repeatedly urged bipartisan solutions and issued a strong warning about what might happen if the filibuster is abolished and budget reconciliation becomes normal procedure.

The senator said "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. The consequences will be profound—our nation may never see stable governing again."

Joe Manchin on the fate of Joe Biden's agenda

  Joe Manchin on the fate of Joe Biden's agenda Joe Manchin says it's no fun being the most powerful man in Washington. The West Virginia Democrat, who sits at the fulcrum of the Senate balance of power, suggested the US Capitol insurrection was a warning for him -- of the divisions tearing America apart and the dangers wrought by politicians who abuse their power."Something told me, 'Wait a minute. Pause. Hit the pause button.' Something's wrong. You can't have this many people split to where they want to go to war with each other," Manchin told CNN's Lauren Fox in an interview on Thursday.

Manchin's op-ed comes in the same week as the Senate parliamentarian issued an opinion that may allow Democrats to advance key parts of Biden's agenda with just 51 votes.

Biden has previously endorsed reforming the filibuster and hinted at a return to the talking filibuster, which required senators to remain speaking on the Senate floor for long periods of time. Some Democrats have called for the filibuster to be eliminated entirely but with Manchin opposed to the idea, it's unlikely to gain much traction this year.

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Manchin Says He Will Never Vote to ‘Eliminate or Weaken the Filibuster’ in Op-Ed .
Manchin also criticized the use of the budget reconciliation process to bypass consensus building.“The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic form of government,” Manchin wrote in the op-ed. “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.

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