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.
The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any ties. To change the rules, Democrats would need all 50 of their senators plus Harris to be on board.
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