Manchin declares that he will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster

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West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he ruled out supporting his party’s efforts to change Senate‘s 60 votes filibuster Limit value.

“I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” Manchin said in one announcement.

US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, January 19, 2018.

US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, January 19, 2018.
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“Over the last decade or more, there has been broad bipartisan support to protect the filibuster, including current and former members of the Senate,” Manchin noted.

“Allowing a party to exercise complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only fuel the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that tears this nation apart – especially when a party controls both Congress and the White House,” continued Manchin. “As such, and as I have said many times before, I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.”

Manchin said the filibuster “plays an important role in protecting our democracy from the passing passions of the majority and respecting input from the minority in the Senate.”

“Finishing the filibuster would be the easy way out,” he concluded.

A change to the filibuster would require the support of all 50 Senate Democrats. With recent opposition from Manchin and another moderate, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., It seems unlikely.

Manchin’s comments came after a meeting between President Biden and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the meeting, Biden had to push for the adoption of two laws that are part of the Democrats election reform effort. Both would require suspending or eliminating the filibuster and its 60-vote threshold to have a chance of passage.

Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have said they do not want to undo the filibuster.

Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have said they do not want to undo the filibuster.
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After the meeting, Biden said he is “not sure” about Democrats will succeed in the adoption of legislation for federal takeover elections.

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“First of all, do not ask complicated questions as you can get this done,” Biden told a crowd of journalists. “I hope we can get this done. The honest thing about God’s answer is, I do not know if we can get this done.”

The House of Representatives on Thursday morning passed a bill combining the measures: the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. But it does not get 60 votes in the Senate, which is divided 50-50 on party lines.

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