WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Manchin, a key center, continues to close the door on the prospect that he can support any move to end Senate disagreement, a rule change allowing his party to pass legislation with a simple majority instead of the 60 required votes for most bills.
“I’ve said that before and will say it again to remove any suspicions: There’s no instance where I would vote to remove or weaken the filter,” he said in an opinion article posted on the Washington Post website on Wednesday night.
Manchin, DW.Va. and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., previously said they would prevent the party from eliminating the film, even as pressure increased from party lawmakers and activists eager to advance the agenda their rule of gun control, voting rights, immigration and minimum wage, which has little support among Republicans.
The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking all ties. To change the rules, Democrats will need all 50 of their senators plus Harris on the board.
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