Manchin on filibuster reform: I’ve ‘made no commitment or promises’ to Dems

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) not only derailed President Joe Biden’s cornerstone legislative plan on Sunday, but he also dealt another blow to his fellow Dems regarding the Senate filibuster that will undoubtedly have Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) fuming.

As The Daily Wire reported, Manchin, during his now-famous Fox News interview with Bret Baier on Sunday, told the host that he has “made no commitment or promises” to his colleagues as far as beginning the process to reform the Senate filibuster rule, which once again cripples the Dem Party’s chances of passing through critical legislation to score points with the party’s base.

The moderate West Virginia senator, who has held unprecedented voting power given the current makeup of the 50-50 split Senate, quickly became an enemy of his party — and its media allies — in the wake of his revelations on Fox News Sunday.

What did he say?

Baier asked the Democratic senator about his view on the topic of perhaps nuking the filibuster to allow his party to pass more legislation.

“[T]here’s another push for voting rights and changing the filibuster in some way to get voting rights reform through. Are you open to changing either the rules or the structure of the filibuster to do that?” Baier asked.

“Well, first of all, voting, just voting is the bedrock of democracy. We should all be concerned about that, Bret. It shouldn’t be Democrat or Republican. As an American, and the democracy and the freedoms we enjoy, becomes because we have an open process of electing our officials, and believing, and making sure it’s secured. So we should be working on that together,” Manchin responded.

Manchin doubled down, adding: “And next of all, if you can make the Senate work better — the rules are something we’ve changed over the years; 232 years, there’s been rule changes, but there’s never been a change with the filibuster, the rights of the minority.”

“And I made no commitments or promises on that,” the senator continued.

The double whammy

The interview with Baier was the same interview that landed Manchin in trouble with hysterical Dems who were stunned when he revealed on live television that he was a solid “no” vote for Biden’s Build Back Better Act.

“And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there,” Manchin said when asked about his thoughts on BBB.

Manchin added: “This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”

Thankfully, Manchin has stuck to his guns on both topics, because if he hadn’t, America would soon take another nasty turn for the worse.

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