Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has not only attracted the ire of the Biden administration for refusing to get on board with annihilating the filibuster, but he has also now attracted the wrath of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH), who serves as the caucus chair, made aggressive public remarks directed at Manchin, declaring, “we’re sending a clarion call and you can print this: Shame on you for not doing it,” in reference to Manchin not hopping on board with further dismantling democratic principles.
In addition, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) sent a five-page letter to the West Virginia senator, though Manchin has reportedly not responded to Lee.
“I’ve given him enough time to respond,” Lee proclaimed self-righteously, declaring that she will “make it public now.”
“[The letter] only suggests if he should have the courage of West Virginia, that seceded from Virginia because they did not want to support slavery,” Lee proclaimed to The Hill, creating a bizarre analogy between slavery in 19th-century America and the filibuster process in the 21st-century Senate.
While Manchin is not the only senator who has remained supportive of the filibuster, which has proven vital for Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to block Democrat efforts to resolve legislative matters with a simple majority, he has made his own suggestions regarding voting reforms, which are presently awaiting consideration in the Senate.
“We’re calling on a few senators in particular to rise to this moment,” Representative Colin Allred (D-TX) declared, adding, “pass your own bill, Senator Manchin.”
In general, Democrats strongly prefer their sweeping legislation regarding election reform. However, Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) has proclaimed that “every member” of the caucus is in support of Manchin’s own voting reform proposal. Despite his implicit support, Clyburn also took aim at Manchin’s support of the filibuster.
“He seems to be supporting a filibuster of his own bill,” Clyburn mused to The Hill.
“To us, [that] is very disconcerting,” the South Carolina representative pompously continued.
Regardless of the widespread criticism he has received, Manchin remains resolute in his desire to protect the filibuster, thereby forcing the Senate to pass significant legislation with a super-majority, or 60 votes, rather than a simple majority, wherein Vice President Kamala Harris would serve as the tie-breaking 51st vote in the event of a 50-50 split.
“Voting is very important; it is a bedrock of democracy,” Manchin recently told reporters, “but to break the opportunity for the minority to participate completely, that’s just not who we are.”