Even Joe Manchin sees Republicans for what they’re after blocking the 1/6 fee
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 out of ten it took to move the legislation forward. The decision to put politics and political elections above the health of our democracy is incomprehensible. And the betrayal of the oath we all take is something they have to live with.
To the brave Capitol police officers who risk their lives every day to protect us, to the Capitol and Congress staff who work around the clock to keep Congress going, even to the reporters who are tough Working to Bring Congressional News to the People of America and Every American You watched in horror as our Capitol was attacked on January 6th – you deserve better, and I am sorry that my Republican colleagues and friends get away with political fear prevent them from doing what they know in their heart to be right.
Senator Manchin has stated in the past that he is open to filibuster but does not get rid of the entire filibuster. One can imagine that voices like the blocking of the 1/6 commission only serve to bring Manchin closer to support for the filibuster reform.
Little by little, opponents of the filibuster reform like Sen. Manchin see that the Republican Party they want to work with to work out bipartisan laws no longer exists in the Senate.
If the Democrats expand their Senate majority in 2022, the filibuster reform will take place with or without Senator Manchin, but his comments today suggest that the West Virginia Senator is convincing himself that the Republican Party does not respect democracy and values .
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association