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Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said Wednesday there was “no circumstance” in which he would vote to eliminate the filibuster, likely ending hopes for some of President Joe Biden’s more ambitious legislative initiatives.
“The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic form of government,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post. “The time has come 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.”
Democrats hold a slim margin in the Senate, with 50 lawmakers and Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. The filibuster requires 60 votes to pass most legislation in the Senate, meaning the votes of all Democrats and 10 Republicans are needed to pass any major policy.
Biden has expressed support for reforming the filibuster, calling it a relic of the Jim Crow era, although he has largely pushed for it to become more difficult to use. The president said he would support a rule shift that would mandate lawmakers physically stand on the Senate floor and talk.
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