Democratic Senator Joe Manchin defended the filibuster on Tuesday night while speaking to reporters. He said, “I just don’t know how you break a rule to make a rule.”
One reporter asked Manchin if he would be in support of imposing a "talking filibuster," which is an idea that was recently mentioned by Senator Chuck Schumer.
Schumer said “If the Senate cannot protect the right to vote which is the cornerstone of our democracy, then the rules must be reformed. …If the Republicans block cloture on the legislation before us, I will put forward a proposal to change the rules to allow for a talking filibuster on this legislation."
Manchin responded to the reporter, “I love the talking filibuster” adding, “There’s never been a simple majority vote to basically get off of a debate.”
“I just don’t know how you break a rule to make a rule," he continued. "There’s no checks and balances [without the filibuster] because basically, you can just sweep right through [with legislation] and the same thing can happen if Republicans had control."
.@Sen_JoeManchin: "I just don't know how you break a rule to make a rule…The majority of my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, they've changed, they've changed their mind...I haven't...I've never changed my mind on the filibuster. pic.twitter.com/7Byj5e5XDM
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 18, 2022
The senator said, "The majority of my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, they’ve changed, they’ve changed their minds. I respect that. They have a right to change their minds. I haven’t. I hope they respect that too. I’ve never changed my mind on the filibuster.”
Manchin is still standing strong against his own party....which is a win that America needed more than most people even realize.
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