LATEST SENATOR MANCHIN
Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Senate’s plan to use the nuclear option.
“I am deeply disappointed that, later today, many Senators plan to vote for the nuclear option, taking another step toward destroying the Senate. As I said when I voted against the Democrats’ nuclear option in 2013, I firmly believe that the filibuster is vital to protecting the minority’s views and exactly why the Framers of our Constitution made the Senate the ‘cooling saucer.’
“As my predecessor the great Robert C. Byrd said in the months before his death, ‘While I welcome needed reform, we must always be mindful of our responsibility to preserve this institution’s special purpose.’ Senator Byrd will be rolling over in his grave today as we trample on the tradition and the institution of the Senate...."
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