“We should all be alarmed at how the budget reconciliation process is being used by both sides to stifle debate on the main issues facing our country today,” he wrote. “Legislating was never meant to be easy. It is difficult to meet the needs of rural and urban communities in one piece of legislation, but this is the job we were elected to do.
Manchin highlighted his own voting record as a senator. In 2013, he voted against former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s accusation of removing filibuster from cabinet candidates and federal judges. In 2017, he voted against a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lower the threshold for closing debate on Supreme Court candidates by simple majority.
“Every time the Senate has voted to weaken the filibuster over the past decade, the political dysfunction and stalemate has become more serious,” he wrote. “The political games taking place in the halls of Congress only fuel the hateful rhetoric and violence that we are currently seeing in our country.”
The editorial comes after Manchin said on Monday that Biden’s plan to pay for infrastructure by raising the corporate tax rate to 28% was a no-starter.
“We will not solve our nation’s problems in one Congress if we are only looking for partisan solutions,” he wrote. “Instead of focusing on eliminating filibuster or shortening the legislative process through budget reconciliation, it’s time we did our job.”