Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia told jake Tapper that he would not vote for a carve-out on the filibuster rule to allow the Democrats Cheating for Perpetuity Bill.
In the bill, the Democrats legalized all of their various methods to steal elections.
Manchin points out that Democrats did a carve-out on federal judges that ended up allowing President Trump to fill a record number of federal judges in one term.
Republicans then expanded it to include the Supreme Court.
Jake Tapper asked Manchin:
“Is there any circumstance under which you can imagine allowing a carve-out — I know you oppose getting rid of the filibuster. But there are some people in the more moderate camp like Angus King of Maine who’s an independent who said that he’s possibly willing to step back from his opposition to getting rid of the filibuster just for voting rights because he’s so concerned it’s become so partisan, can you imagine ever doing that?”
“Jake, I can’t imagine a carve-out. Because I was here in 2013 when it was called a carve-out, ‘We’re just going to do the Cabinet for the president.’ And then it went into, ‘We’re going to do the judges for lifetime appointments for circuit districts.’ They were even going to do the Supreme Court, but they didn’t at that time. The Democrats were in control.”
“Mitch McConnell’s in control, comes right back in, and guess what? That carve-out worked to really carve us up pretty bad. Then you had the Supreme Court, okay? So there’s no stopping it.
In short, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is still a no on killing the filibuster or any sort of carve-out for voting rights. pic.twitter.com/6xKbZwbzsv
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The chamber is currently divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, which means that Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to vote for legislation for it to pass.
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Some progressives have called for Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster, which would let lawmakers pass legislation with just 51 votes, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
However, Manchin has previously said he would not vote to eliminate the filibuster, as IJR reported.
He appears unmoved even after Republicans effectively blocked Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill by denying them the required votes to begin debate on the legislation in June.