Manchin rules out weakening the Senate filibuster


WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, a pivotal centrist, further closed the door on the prospect that he could support any move to end the filibuster in the Senate, a rule change that would allow his party to pass legislation with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed for most bills.

“I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” he said in an opinion article posted on the Washington Post website Wednesday evening.

Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have previously said they would block the party from eliminating the filibuster, even as pressure builds from party…



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