- Democrats are turning to star power as they vie for Sen. Joe Manchin’s support for Senate filibuster reforms.
- Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have called out Munchkin as Oprah, Politico reports.
- But the West Virginia Democrat still isn’t along party lines with reforming Senate rules.
Democrats are pulling all stops to get Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on board with an effort to reform Senate filibuster rules for passing voting rights legislation.
He has swapped star power with former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and talk show host Oprah called Manchin and urged him to support reforms in a Senate filibuster, Politico reports.
But three of Manchin’s allies, fellow moderates who once doubted filibuster reform, are the bulk of the lobbying, according to Politico. Sens of Virginia. Tim Kaine, Angus King of Maine and John Tester of Montana, are in close talks with Manchin, who is trying to persuade him to support a change in Senate rules.
After Manchin passed President Joe Biden’s economic spending package in December, Senate Democrats are turning to their long-held push to pass voting rights and democracy reform legislation.
Democrats are now focusing specifically on reforming the procedural rules governing the Senate in response to Republicans slated to roll out three major voting rights and democracy reform bills in 2021. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pledged to vote on changes to the rules yet to be determined. On or before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17th.
The vast majority of legislation in the Senate requires a 60-vote majority to proceed to debate under current filibuster rules.
According to Schumer, the filibuster reforms being discussed include carving out a plan to allow the voting rights law to be passed by a simple majority, returning to the talking filibuster, and reducing the momentum for debating the law. is included.
But all 50 Senate Democrats are less likely to agree to MLK Day’s changes to the filibuster rules, as Manchin continues to oppose creating a voting rights carveout or changing Senate rules along party lines. Kirsten Cinemas of Arizona, another prominent swing Democrat, likewise opposes lowering the 60-vote limit to go ahead with debate on most bills.
“It’s very difficult, it’s a heavy lift,” Munchkin told reporters outside his office on Tuesday. “Once you change the rules or do a carving… and I’ve always said this: whenever there’s a carving, you eat the whole turkey, there’s nothing left, because it comes back.”
Meanwhile, Munchkin and the cinema appear to be moving on. A bipartisan group of senators conduct preliminary discussions about a bill to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887, the law that governs how Congress counts the votes of the Electoral College that will be on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Came to mind during the siege.