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Manchin Vows to Uphold Filibuster, Complicating Biden’s Agenda

  • Democratic senator envisions a ‘new era of bipartisanship’
  • Manchin has an effective veto in an evenly divided Senate
Joe Manchin
Joe ManchinPhotographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Senator Joe Manchin dashed fellow Democrats’ hopes for changing Senate rules to allow them to pass President Joe Biden’s agenda without Republican support, declaring that he opposed scrapping the filibuster under any circumstance.

Writing in a Washington Post Op-Ed, Manchin described the rule that requires 60 votes for most legislation as a “critical tool” to protect the interests of less populous states like West Virginia, which he represents.