Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on Republicans for giving in to political fear, saying the American people deserved better after the GOP blocked the 1/6 commission.
Senator Manchin said:
This commission passed the house with a bipartisan vote. The failed Senate vote had six brave Republicans, but that was four fewer than ten to move the legislation forward. The decision to put politics and political elections above the health of our democracy is unscrupulous. And they must live with the betrayal of the oath we all take.
To the brave Capitol cops who risk their lives every day to protect us, the Capitol and Congress staff who work around the clock to keep Congress going, even the reporters who work hard on it to deliver Congressional news to the American people and every American who watched in horror as our Capitol was attacked on January 6th – You deserve better, and I am sorry that political fear of my Republican colleagues and friends can deter them from to do what they believe is right in their hearts.
Senator Manchin has hinted in the past that he’s open to filibuster but doesn’t get rid of the whole filibuster. One can imagine that votes like the blockade of the 1/6 commission only serve to bring Manchin closer to support for the filibuster reform.
Little by little, opponents of filibuster reform, like Senator Manchin, see that the Republican party they want to work with to work out bipartisan laws is less and less in the Senate.
If the Democrats expand their Senate majority in 2022, the filibuster reform will happen with or without Senator Manchin, but his comments today suggest that the West Virginia Senator sees the lack of respect for democracy and values in the Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Director, White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association