WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Manchin, a fundamental centrist, further closed the door on the prospect that he could support any measure to end filibuster in the Senate, a rule change that would allow his party to pass laws with a simple majority in instead of the 60 votes are needed for most bills. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again to remove any hint of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I vote to remove or weaken obstructionism,” he said in an op-ed published on the Washington Post website Wednesday by the night.
Manchin, DW.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Have previously said they would prevent the party from eliminating obstructionism, even as pressure mounts from lawmakers and party activists eager to advance their agenda on control. arms, voting rights, immigration and minimum wage, which have little support among Republicans. The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any ties. To change the rules, Democrats would need 50 senators plus Harris on board. An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com. Also popular on WSJ.com: Meet the highest paid CEO of the S&P 500, the $ 211 million man from Paycom. China’s Greenlandic ambitions collide with local politics and US influence.