(ReliableNews.org) – You’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk lately about Democratic efforts to end the filibuster. It’s a long-standing Senate practice that requires a supermajority of 60 votes to pass a bill. With the Senate deadlocked at 50/50, Democrats want to change or end it. However, one of their own is throwing a wrench in those plans.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post explaining that he wouldn’t vote to weaken or eliminate the legislative filibuster under any circumstances.
Joe Manchin says he won't support filibuster reform because we need "a new era of bipartisanship."
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley are laughing all the way to the ballot boxes they're closing down.https://t.co/zydySkKA4d
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 8, 2021
His opinion piece published on Wednesday, April 7, explained that it’s time to “end” Washington’s “political games” and “usher” in a “new era of bipartisanship.” The nation’s leaders need to establish “common ground” regarding policy debates regarding the nation’s future.
Manchin has been the Republican’s ace-in-the-hole for several years now, voting with them on several key issues. With the Senate evenly split, his position can make the difference when it comes to blocking Democratic efforts to force their agenda on the American people.
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