West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, one of the Senate’s two moderate Democrats, has expressed support for the filibuster, doubling down even as President Joe Biden travels to Georgia to publicly lobby for a rule change of the Senate.
“We need good rule changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it any more effective, ”Manchin told reporters.
“We need good rule changes. We can do it together. But you change the rules with two-thirds of the people there so … Democrats, Republicans change the rules to make the place work better. Getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it any better, ”he said.
President Biden has already announced his support for changing Senate rules and changing filibuster to pass a voting rights law.
“It means whatever it takes. Change Senate rules to fit major pieces of legislation without requiring 60 votes, ”Biden said last month in an interview with ABC News’s David Muir.
“The only thing between passing the voting rights legislation and not passing it is filibuster, I support a voting rights exception from filibuster,” he said. added.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has made it clear that the Senate “would consider changes to any rule that would prevent us from debating and reaching a final conclusion on important legislation”, including voting rights legislation, revived debates on whether or not to abolish the systematic obstruction.
Schumer has invited Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, professors and authors of the book “How Democracies Die”, to present their research to Democrats and to stress the importance of adopting voting rights legislation.