Manchin’ refuses to sign onto filibuster waiver supported by Democrats

Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is receiving heat from his party over his continued refusal to support the filibuster waiver, according to a report in The Free Press.

Manchin’s refusal to cooperate with the party platform comes as President Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to talk about the Democratic voting bills. 

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is vowing to debate scrapping the tool that the party is so against in the coming days, seemingly ignoring the massive pushback from Republicans and some in his own part. 

“We need some good rules changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make the place work better,” Manchin told reporters Tuesday.

Manchin isn’t only in his hesitance about the waiver. Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) has also opposed getting rid of the filibuster which makes it necessary to get 60 votes for most bills to pass their chamber of congress. 

While the Arizona and West Virginia senators have been the most vocal, it’s reported that others have privately voiced concern or hesitancy about getting rid of the rule. 

Schumer has spoken to several Republicans and who warned about getting rid of the crucial procedural measure with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking fiercely in support of the rule. 

McConnell even accused Schumer of “trying to bully his members into breaking their word” on the issue, saying that he would bring the votes even if were through tactics that the majority didn’t care for. 

The former majority and now minority leader said that his methods would be “inconvenient for the majority and this White House in a way that nobody has seen in living memory.”