Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMo Brooks served with Swalwell lawsuit Democratic congressional election review finds party lacked economic, pandemic recovery message in 2020 Courts drowning in backlog pose lingering immigration challenge MORE on Monday praised Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Senate may be a legislative graveyard, but debate is not yet dead in the US Divisions remain on infrastructure as clock ticks on bipartisan deal Sunday shows – Infrastructure dominates MORE for his opposition to dismantling the Senate filibuster as the West Virginia Democrat faces backlash from members of his own party.
“Well, it’s a very important thing. He’s doing the right thing and it’s a very important thing,” Trump said of Manchin during an appearance on Fox News on Monday. “Otherwise you’re going to be packing the court. You’re going to be doing all sorts of very, very bad things that were unthinkable and were never even brought up during the election. Nobody brought this stuff up.”
Trump said the idea of abolishing the filibuster, a rule that can be used by either party to force nearly unfettered debate on the floor, is “so radical liberal, radical left, Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives relish return to in-person events Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Biden faces challenge with Democrats on infrastructure package MORE can’t believe it.”
Manchin, a conservative Democrat who is key for the party to be able to pass their agenda through the upper chamber, reiterated his position on the filibuster in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday, in which he also came out against the Democrats’ bill to overhaul elections.
“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” Manchin wrote.
Other moderate Senators such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have also said they will not vote to do away with the rule.
Progressives lawmakers and organizations, meanwhile, have been ramping up pressure on their leadership to nix the procedural hurdle as Republicans stand in the way of nearly any major legislative initiative.