Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said in an op-ed published Wednesday that he would not, under any circumstance, vote to weaken or abolish the Senate filibuster.
Although Manchin has made his thoughts about keeping the filibuster clear, he goes further.
Manchin said that both parties need to compromise and that using the budget reconciliation process to push major legislation is unacceptable.
President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was passed using reconciliation.
Democrats don't have the 50 Senate votes required to abolish the filibuster, as some prominent holdouts support the effective supermajority requirement to pass bills.
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