Manchin declares he will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster

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West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday ruled out supporting efforts by his party to change the Senate‘s 60-vote filibuster threshold.

“I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” Manchin said in a statement.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

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“Throughout the last decade or more, there has been broad bipartisan support for protecting the filibuster, including current and former members of the Senate,” Manchin noted.

“Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel onto the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart – especially when one party controls both Congress and the White House,” Manchin continued. “As such, and as I have said many times before, I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.”

Manchin said the filibuster “plays an important role in protecting our democracy from the transitory passions of the majority and respecting the input of the minority in the Senate.”

“Ending the filibuster would

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