The Senator from West Virginia dropped a bombshell on Democrats within the Senate who need to use reconciliation to get across the limits of the filibuster with a 50-50 cut up within the Senate. He wrote this tonight within the Washington Submit:
The filibuster is a essential device to defending that enter and our democratic type of authorities. That’s the reason I’ve stated it earlier than and can say it once more to take away any shred of doubt: There is no such thing as a circumstance wherein I’ll vote to remove or weaken the filibuster. The time has come to finish these political video games, and to usher a brand new period of bipartisanship the place we discover frequent floor on the key coverage debates dealing with our nation.
And on reconciliation…
Sadly, our leaders within the Senate fail to appreciate what goes round comes round. We should always all be alarmed at how the funds reconciliation course of is being utilized by each events to stifle debate across the main points dealing with our nation at this time. Legislating was by no means presupposed to be simple. It’s laborious work to deal with the wants of each rural and concrete communities in a single piece of laws, however it’s the work we had been elected to do.
I merely don’t consider funds reconciliation ought to change common order within the Senate. How is that good for the way forward for this nation? Senate Democrats should keep away from the temptation to desert our Republican colleagues on vital nationwide points. Republicans, nonetheless, have a duty to cease saying no, and take part to find actual compromise with Democrats.
He didn’t come proper out and say he’ll oppose using reconciliation to cross laws to get round using the filibuster, however I believe that was his level. If he holds true on this precept and Republicans don’t budge, then you’ll be able to kiss goodbye any reconciliation efforts by Schumer to ram Biden’s agenda down our throats.
That continues to be to be seen after all, however you higher consider this op-ed is sending shockwaves by the Democratic get together proper now. Reconciliation was their solely hope and it appears like Manchin goes to torpedo it. They usually hate him for it.
Joe Manchin is a narcissist and an egomaniac. It is cliche and embarrassing. https://t.co/IkewJ4EZVY
— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin has a selection between the reforming the filibuster and the brand new Jim Crow. He’s selecting Jim Crow.
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin is a nationwide shame.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin within the Washington Submit:
“I’ll vote to uphold the filibuster—a Jim Crow period device utilized by racists to guard white supremacy.” https://t.co/xISboT71Bp
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) April 8, 2021
Keep in mind, Democrats are already sending Al Sharpton to West Virginia to proclaim time and again that Joe Manchin is a racist. That is their solely recourse to get him out of their manner and you’ll ensure that Sharpton might be taking part in the Jim Crow card as a lot as he can.