The experiment called the United States Of America is unique in the way a single person can control major decisions in Congress affecting all 340 million citizens.
The political left had huge plans going into President Biden’s first year, especially after winning both U.S.Georgia Senate seats. These victories gave them a razor-thin majority with 50 votes plus the VP as the tiebreaker.
Well hold the press, there are two moderates in the fifty who have decided to not play ball on two of Biden’s major agenda policies.
One of them has become the most hated politician in the Democratic ranks nationwide.
Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WV) slammed his colleagues’ effort to alter or eliminate the filibuster in an attempt to pass sweeping election reform Wednesday, just hours before the Senate put the rule change to a vote.
“For the last year, my Democratic colleagues have taken to the Senate floor, cable news airwaves, pages of newspapers across the country to argue that repealing the filibuster is actually restoring the Senate to the vision of the Founding Fathers intended for this deliberative body,” Manchin (D-WV) said on the Senate floor. “My friends, that is simply not true.
“It’s just not true. The United States Senate has never, in 233 years, been able to end debate on legislation with a simple majority vote.”
Manchin vowed to support the election legislation in the upcoming cloture vote, but slammed his fellow Democrats who supported using the so-called “nuclear option” to ensure the measure passes, saying they are looking to “break the rules.”
“Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel on the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart, and you don’t have to look very far to see how we’re tearing ourselves apart,” said Manchin, who added that if the Democrats’ gambit succeeded, “there’s not going to be any check on the executive branch.”
“Eliminating the filibuster would be the easy way out,” the moderate added later in his remarks. “I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country. We’re called the United States, not the divided states and putting politics and party aside is what we’re supposed to do.”
Republicans are poised to block the election overhaul measures, arguing that they are partisan and would federalize elections while reducing voter integrity.
Manchin backs the election reform legislation but will not back changing the filibuster. He’s joined by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, who delivered her own broadside against changing the filibuster in a floor speech last week.
Manchin, in his address, said Democrats and Republicans have demonstrated they can collaborate, and ending the filibuster would remove the incentives of bipartisanship.
“We’re called the United States, not the divided states,” Manchin said. “And putting politics and party aside is what we’re supposed to do. It’s time that we do the hard work to forge difficult compromises that can stand the test of time.”
Thanks to opposition by Manchin and Sinema, the rules change is doomed to fail, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants all lawmakers on the record.
“Win, lose, or draw, we are going to vote,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said. “We are going to vote. Especially when the issue relates to the beating heart of our democracy as voting rights does.”
When you have a minute contact https://www.manchin.senate.gov/ and thank him for standing for the rule of law, The Constitution.
Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.