Manchin Steadfast About Keeping 60-Vote Filibuster But Still Open To Changing Process

March 8, 2021
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Manchin Steadfast About Keeping 60-Vote Filibuster But Still Open To Changing Process

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin remains adamant that he will not vote to abolish the Senate filibuster – which requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass most legislation – but this weekend again expressed a willingness to make changes to the filibuster.

The West Virginia lawmaker, among the moderate Senate Democrats, on Sunday proposed establishing a "talking filibuster," which would require any senator objecting to ending debate to remain on the floor and speak for the entire time.

"If you want to make it a little bit more painful, make (a senator) stand there and talk, I’m willing to look at any way we can," Mr. Manchin said on NBC’s "Meet the Press..."

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