Democrat Joe Manchin states that he will NOT vote to eliminate the filibuster

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Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin has stated that he will not eliminate the filibuster – a measure that could diminish President Biden’s chances of passing progressive legislation in the Senate.

Manchin, who serves as a senator for West Virginia, made the statement in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday, claiming that killing the filibuster would lead to more political bias and government dysfunction.

Right now, Republicans can hold back (ie, obstruct or delay) the legislation they are violently opposed to and enforce reconciliation, requiring 60 Senate votes.

Given that the Senate is currently split 50-50 (with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaker), most Democrats are eager to kill the filibuster, which would mean they could pass legislation with a simple majority from 51.

However, Manchin says the decision to do so would only divide the country more deeply, arguing that the filibuster will allow Democrats and Republicans to eventually find a compromise.

Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin has stated that he will not eliminate the filibuster - a move that could potentially weaken President Biden's legislative agenda in the Senate.

Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin has stated that he will not eliminate the filibuster – a move that could potentially weaken President Biden’s legislative agenda in the Senate.

“Senate Democrats should avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues,” he wrote in his op-ed.

“Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no and participate in finding a real compromise with the Democrats.”

Manchin says that while killing the filibuster could help Democrats push through radical policies now, it will likewise help Republicans pursue their own controversial agenda the next time they take control.

‘Labor legislation through regular order in the senate prevents drastic fluctuations in federal policy-making. Taking voting reforms, instituting health care protections, and changing federal tax laws and business rules takes time to implement at the state and local levels. If the filibuster is eliminated … it will set a new and dangerous precedent for passing 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 governance again.”

President Biden has previously expressed support for the filibuster, but now appears to be changing his mind

President Biden has previously expressed support for the filibuster, but now appears to be changing his mind

President Biden has previously expressed support for the filibuster, but now appears to be changing his mind

With the Senate split at 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker

With the Senate split at 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker

With the Senate split at 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker

In the past, Manchin has voted twice against weakening the filibuster.

In 2013, he voted against the Democrat-led initiative to change senate rules to eliminate filibuster for cabinet-level nominees and federal judges. However, the initiative was passed and now a candidate only needs 51 senate votes to take 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 require 60 votes for confirmation if a senator objected, but Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican Senate, changed the rules in 2017 to allow judges to confirm with just 51 votes.

Manchin was unimpressed.

“Every time the Senate has voted in the past decade to weaken the filibuster, the political dysfunction and stalemate have gotten worse,” he wrote.

The political games that take place in the halls of Congress only fuel the hateful rhetoric and violence that we now see in our country. The truth is, my Democratic friends don’t have all the answers and neither do my Republican friends. This has always been the case. ‘

Manchin says that while killing the filibuster could help Democrats push through radical policies now, it will likewise help Republicans pursue their own controversial agenda the next time they take control.

Manchin says that while killing the filibuster could help Democrats push through radical policies now, it will likewise help Republicans pursue their own controversial agenda the next time they take control.

Manchin says that while killing the filibuster could help Democrats push through radical policies now, it will likewise help Republicans pursue their own controversial agenda the next time they take control.

Meanwhile, President Biden has previously expressed support for the filibuster, but it now looks like he could change his mind.

Last month, he was questioned about the matter at his first press conference.

“The filibuster has been abused in an extreme way from the moment it came about in the past 20 years,” he said.

However, he later added, “Our preoccupation with the filibuster is perfectly legitimate, but in the meantime, we can do a lot while talking about what to do with the filibuster.”