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Manchin says he won’t vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster

April 9, 2021


Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who wields significant power in the party’s narrow 50-seat majority in the Senate, reiterated that he would not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster, all but dooming the chances of passage for several key Democratic priorities. Ending the filibuster would mean that legislation could advance in the Senate with only a simple majority, instead of the 60-vote threshold currently required.

“There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” Manchin said in an opinion piece in 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.”

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