Manchin says he won’t support “perilous” filibuster rule change

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Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) reiterates his stand against reforms in Filbuster Statement saying on Thursday that “I cannot support this kind of dangerous action.”

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Running news: President Biden attended a Senate Democratic caucus lunch earlier in the day to make a case for reforming the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.

Background: The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a voting rights bill that combines the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment Act.

  • That package now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle amid a lack of Republican support. Democrats are considering changing the chamber’s filibuster rules to pass the bill.

Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.) also raised its voice against changing the filibuster rules on Thursday.

What are they saying: “I will not vote to eliminate or weaken Filbuster,” Manchin said.

  • “The filibuster plays a vital role in protecting our democracy from the momentary obsession of the majority and in respecting the input of the minority in the Senate,” he said.
  • ,[W]Although some of them have changed their positions, I haven’t,” Munchkin said of his Democratic allies. “Respect is a two-way street — I respect that they have changed and I hope so. They’ll respect that I didn’t.”
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