West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin made it clear…very clear…that he’s not going to change his mind about killing the filibuster.
According to Politico, Manchin was asked by a reporter about his stance on it and he angrily barked back in no uncertain terms that he’s not budging on it:
Pressure on Democrats from progressives to kill the filibuster is sure to mount as the party’s unfulfilled promises pile up. But lest we need a reminder, Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.), when asked Monday whether he’d ever change his mind on changing the supermajority rule, barked “NEVER!” in response. “JESUS CHRIST! What don’t you understand about NEVER?!”
Manchin has held his position on this subject for some time, having told Jake Tapper back in January that he doesn’t plan on giving his own party the ability to pass legislation with a simple majority vote instead of requiring 10 GOP votes to pass legislation. Killing the filibuster would effectively give Democrats carte blanch over the Senate, and Manchin is one of the Democrats holding that back.
According to the Daily Wire, Manchin also made a promise to the viewers of Fox News last year that he will not be open to eliminating the filibuster:
“So, I commit to you tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to lay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now, because, when they talk about whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” Manchin continued. “I will not vote to pack the courts. I think — and I will not vote to end the filibuster. Bret, this system, the Senate, this so unique body in the world, it was made to work together in a bipartisan way. And once you start breaking down those barriers, then you lose every reason that we are the institution that we are, the most deliberative body.”
“So, I want to lay those fears to rest, that that won’t happen, because I will not be the 50th Democrat voting to end that filibuster or to basically stack the court,” Manchin added. “And then all the other things you’re hearing about, Bret, also, is — defund the police. I don’t know of any of the Democrats in the caucus that are for defunding the police. We are not for that whatsoever. And when they talk about basically Medicare for All, we can’t even pay for Medicare for some. It doesn’t make any sense at all. We have got to fix the Affordable Care Act we have. And I think our Republican — moderate Republicans will work with us to now repair what needs to be repaired.”
Manchin isn’t the only Democrat with this position, as he’s also joined by Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema.