Sen. Manchin says he will not eliminate or weaken the filibuster

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 10:19 AM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Sen. Joe Manchin III says he “will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster” in an opinion piece posted in the Washington Post Wednesday evening.

“It is important to set the tone for what we need done,” Sen. Manchin said in a news briefing Thursday.

Manchin, a key member of the Democratic party in an evenly divided Senate, is the determining factor in most party-line votes since Democrats took control.

With the filibuster in place, Democrats need to sway at least 10 Republicans to vote in favor of major legislation. Sen. Manchin asserts that the filibuster is needed to protect democracy and calls for his fellow senators 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.”

Partisan legislation like the voter-reform centered For the People Act will face an uphill battle with the filibuster in place with many Democrats voicing concern that with the filibuster, the bill is doomed to fail.

“I don’t know why they say that until they try. They are just assuming no one will get along. They were assuming that we wouldn’t get together in December either. We were able to show them wrong. They were deadlocked for three months. We were able to get off of that and make something happen, and make something good happen,“ Sen. Manchin said. “I am not giving up on our country. I am not giving up on democracy as we know it and I am not giving up on the purpose of the senate. That is pretty simple.”

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