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Manchin unmoved on filibuster, keeps door cracked open on reconciliation for voting rights bill

This is not what Senator Manchin promised. Manchin has been adamant that he would not end the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass most bills. However, Manchin never said that he would support passing bills through reconciliation, if a 60-vote majority could not be attained.

The people of West Virginia must make it clear to Senator Manchin that radically changing our voting system through reconciliation is absolutely unacceptable. Bills like H.R.1 are designed to make the Republican Party a permanent minority party, and will bring one-party rule to America. Just like California and New York.

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Manchin unmoved on filibuster, keeps door cracked open on reconciliation for voting rights bill

By The Hill, March 7, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said Sunday that he was “not going to change my mind” on opposing the elimination of the filibuster but expressed openness to using the reconciliation process for a major election reform measure if bipartisan support could be secured.

“I’m not going to change my mind on the filibuster. I will change my mind if we need to go to a reconciliation to where we have to get something done once I know they have process into it,” Manchin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“But I’m not going to go there until my Republican friends have the ability to have their say also,” Manchin said. “And I’m hoping they’ll get involved to the point to where we have ten of them that’ll work with 50 of us, or 15 of them that’ll work with 45 of us.”

Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd whether he would be open to allowing an exemption to the filibuster so election-reform proposals backed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) could pass with a simple majority, Manchin replied: “I’m not willing to go into reconciliation until we at least get bipartisanship or get working together or allow the Senate to do its job.”

During a separate appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin agreed that the process of the filibuster should be “more painful,” saying “we’ve made it more comfortable over the years” in contrast to the original process, which required actually speaking at length.

The West Virginia senator used similar language on “Meet the Press,” saying that “if you want to make it a little bit more painful, make them stand there and talk, I’m willing to look at any way we can.”

“But I am not willing to take away the involvement of the minority,” he added. “I’ve been in the minority.”

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