Appearing on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin made it clear he’s not going to change his mind on the filibuster.
Chuck Todd asked if he’d be willing to support passing “election-related bills” with a 50-vote majority, with a budget reconciliation-like process.
Manchin responded by asking “what you saw happen with that 50-vote swing and one vote, no matter who it may be, can make a big difference in a tied Senate, can you imagine doing day-to-day operations this way? Can you imagine not having to sit down, where there’s no reason for you to sit down, with your colleagues on both sides and have their input?”
Chuck Todd later asked if he’d change his mind on the filibuster if “Republicans continue to be unified in opposition.”
Manchin replied “I’m not going to change my mind on the filibuster. I’ll change my mind if we need to go to a reconciliation, to where we have to get something done, once I know they have process into it. I’m not going to go there until my Republican friends have the ability to have their say, also.”