Politics Democrat Joe Manchin 'will NOT vote to eliminate the filibuster'
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Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin has declared that he will not vote to eliminate the filibuster - a move which could dash President Biden's chances of passing progressive legislation in the Senate.
Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the declaration in an op-ed published inThursday, claiming that killing the filibuster would lead to more political partisanship and government dysfunction.
Currently, Republicans can use the filibuster to block legislation they are vehemently against and force reconciliation.
Democrat Joe Manchin opposes eliminating or weakening the Senate filibuster under any circumstance
Sen. Joe Manchin said he will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster under any circumstances. His position likely brings to a close efforts to lower the barriers to passing parts of President Joe Biden's agenda in Congress. The filibuster generally requires legislation to garner 60 votes in the Senate, which is evenly divided 50-50 among Democrats and Republicans. Democrats have been angling to get rid of or reform the filibuster to pass sweeping legislation. © Provided by CNBC Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) questions President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired Army Gen.
Passing most legislation in the senate requires 60 votes in order to prevent a filibuster.
The senate is currently split 50-50 - with Vice President Kamala Harris holding a tie-breaking vote, meaning most Democrats are eager to kill the filibuster.
Such a move would mean they could then pass legislation with a simple majority of 51.
However, Manchin says the decision to do so would only divide the country deeper, asserting that the filibuster makes it possible for Democrats and Republicans to eventually find compromise.
'Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues,' he wrote in he op-ed.
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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.
'Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no, and participate in finding real compromise with Democrats.'
Manchin says that while killing the filibuster might help Democrats push through radical policies now, it will similarly help Republicans to pursue their own controversial agenda next time they take control.
'Working legislation through regular order in the senate prevents drastic swings in federal policymaking. Voting rights reforms, instituting health-care protections and changes to the federal tax code and business regulations take time to implement on the state and local levels. If the filibuster is eliminated... 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,' he wrote.
'The consequences will be profound — our nation may never see stable governing again.'
Manchin gives warning on Schumer's go-it-alone strategy
Sen. Joe Manchin gave Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer a stark warning about using a budget procedure to bypass the Senate filibuster and ram through major legislation with slim party-line votes. © Provided by Washington Examiner "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," the West Virginia Democrat said in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday night. "I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace regular order in the Senate.
In the past, Manchin has twice voted against weakening the filibuster.
In 2013, he voted against Democrat-led initiative to change senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for Cabinet-level nominees and federal judges.
However, the initiative passed, and now a nominee only needs 51 senate votes to assume a Cabinet position.
Meanwhile, in 2017, Manchin also voted against a Republican-led initiative to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.
Supreme Court nominees used to need 60 votes for confirmation if any senator objected, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the rules in 2017 to allow the confirmation of justices with just 51 votes.
Manchin was not impressed.
'Every time the Senate voted to weaken the filibuster in the past decade, the political dysfunction and gridlock have grown more severe,' he wrote.
Nearly half of voters oppose Democratic effort to eliminate filibuster: Poll
More voters oppose a Democratic-led push to eliminate the legislative filibuster than support it. © Provided by Washington Examiner Asked if they “favor or oppose the plan to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster,” 49% of voters said they opposed the plan to eliminate the filibuster. Only 41% of respondents said they favor the idea. Another 11% said they were unsure, according to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday. Centrist Democrats such as West Virginia Sen.
'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.'
Meanwhile, President Biden has previously expressed support for the filibuster, but now appears as if he might change his mind.
Last month, during his first press conference, he was quizzed about the issue.
'The filibuster has been abused from the time it came into being by an extreme way in the last 20 years,' he stated.
However, he later added: 'Our preoccupation with the filibuster is totally legitimate, but in the meantime we've got a lot we can do while we're talking about what we're going to do about the filibuster.'
Bernie Sanders Has 'No Problem With Going to West Virginia' to Pressure Joe Manchin .
The Vermont senator told MSNBC that "a lot of work" has been already done internally in terms of bringing Democrats together on issues such as the $15 minimum wage.The Senate is evenly split 50-50 between Republicans and the Democratic caucus of which Sanders is a part. But the Democratic caucus has a narrow majority because Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tie-breaking vote.