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Dem Senator Joe Manchin Vows To Vote Against Packing Court, Eliminating Filibuster

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Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. V.) vowed to oppose ending the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court in a Monday interview on Fox News, two actions many Democrats have called for over the past several months.

Former president Obama has voiced support for ending the filibuster as a “Jim Crow relic” even though he himself used it to stall the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito in 2006. During and after the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in October, progressive Democrats pressured more moderate colleagues to support packing the court, or expanding the number of justices on the bench.

However, Manchin promised in his interview with Bret Baier not to support potentially drastic moves by other Democrats. The comments were significant because if the Republican senators from Georgia are both defeated in runoff elections, the Senate will likely be tied at 50-50. In that case, Manchin would be able to scrap initiatives by simply withholding his support.

“I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and anyone else who’s watching…when they talk about packing the courts, or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” Man… (Read more)

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