Senator Manchin Blows Skepticism On Democrats Push

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is maintaining his position on any change to the filibuster by his Democratic Party, warning that his “preference” is for any rules changes to be bipartisan.

“Being open to a rules change that would create a nuclear option, it’s very, very difficult. It’s a heavy lift,” Manchin told reporters when asked about using the “nuclear option,” in which Democrats would change the 60-vote legislative filibuster on their own.

“I’m talking. I’m not agreeing to any of this. … I want to talk and see all the options we have open,” Manchin said, adding that it was his “preference” that any rule changes have Republican support.

Manchin’s comments come on the back of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) push to have the rules changed by Jan. 17.

“As I said in my ‘Dear Colleague’ earlier this week, if Republicans continue to hijack the rules of the chamber to prevent action on something as critical as protecting our democracy, then the Senate will debate and consider changes to the rules on or before Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” Senator Schumer reportedly said.

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