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Senator Joe Manchin avoided answering directly whether he was in favor of lowering the Senate filibuster threshold to 55 Thursday after being open to the in comments leaked from a private call with an advocacy group earlier this week Possibility seemed.
The Intercept released the comments made by Manchin, DW.Va., into a phone call to “No Labels,” a group that supports moderate politicians from any party. He seemed open to the option of bringing the filibuster down to 55 or forcing senators to speak on the floor while blocking a bill.
“Everything is fine,” Manchin said in response to a question from Fox News on Thursday to clarify his position on reducing the filibuster to 55.
Manchin told politics Wednesday, “I didn’t approve of any,” suggested changes to the filibuster. He added that the filibuster was helping the United States to be “a reliable and stable power”.
But those comments were very different from what he said about “No Labels” earlier this week.
“[T]This is one of many good, good suggestions that I had, “Manchin told the” No Labels “call to lower the threshold to 55, according to The Intercept.” I looked back … when it rose from 67 to 60 votes, and what happened too, what made her believe it had to change. So I’m open to looking at it, I’m just not open to getting rid of the filibuster, that’s all. “
Manchin also appeared to be saying in the call that he was ready to force a “talking filibuster” that he suggested earlier this year but then apparently withdrew.
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“At the moment I planted my flag at 60, but as long as they know that I will protect this filibuster, we will look for good solutions,” said Manchin, according to The Intercept. “I think that’s basically how it should be [that] 41 people have to force the issue versus the 60 to whom we have to affirm. So find 41 negative. … I think a small change that could be made now is that basically everyone who wants to do filibuster should be asked to have their say and basically to express their objection and why you filibuster and also say what yours Opinion needs to be changed .’d fix it so you’d back it up. It’s pretty constructive for me. “
Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Are the loudest Democratic Senators in defense of the filibuster – Sinema passionately defended the filibuster in a press appearance earlier this month. But others who do not necessarily have votes for the Democrats to abolish the filibuster are Sens. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., And Maggie Hassan, DN.H. and possibly others.
Republicans have attacked Democrats for their threats to get rid of the filibuster, often citing the fact that minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And other Republicans are protecting minorities despite demands from ex-President Donald Trump for them to do so.
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They also often refer to the letter signed by more than half of Senate Democrats in 2017 in support of the filibuster – a position many of them distance themselves from.
McConnell threatened to turn the Senate into a pileup of 100 cars in early 2021 if the Democrats get rid of the filibuster.
“So let me be very clear about all of my 99 colleagues. No one serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a scorched earth Senate would look like, ”McConnell said in a recent speech. “Neither of us has served for a minute in a Senate that has suffered utterly from courtesy and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon to proceed with a speech on the Garden Variety Floor . “
However, many Democrats claim the filibuster is a racist barrier to progress and needs to be removed.
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“The same filibuster that blocked civil rights legislation a generation ago is being used to block the Equality Act, For the People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” tweeted Rep. Mondaire Jones, DN.Y 2021. “But it doesn’t have to be like that. ”
Fox News’ Jason Donner contributed to this report.