West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he did not support a move by his party on Wednesday to change the filibuster rule by his fellow Democrats, calling instead for increased bipartisanship.
“I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country,” Manchin said, according to the Washington Examiner.
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“Let this change happen in this way, and the Senate will be a body without rules,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the party planned to push a vote regardless of the outcome.
“Win, lose, or draw, we are going to vote. We are going to vote. Especially when the issue relates to the beating heart of our democracy as voting rights does,” Schumer said on Wednesday.
Despite the expected loss, Schumer wants all senators on record regarding where they stand on the issue, claiming it is a matter of voting rights.
Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema also opposed the change, leaving just 48 Democrats among the 60 votes needed to pass the rule change.
The doomed vote is clearly for show as Democrats seek to “name names” in the days ahead to push the party’s voting rights agenda as the nation nears the midterm elections in November.