The day following a horrific school shooting at Uvalde, Texas. Two adults and 19 children were killed. on Tuesday morning, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) told reporters that he supports passing legislation to reform gun laws in the U.S. — unless doing so will require getting rid of the filibuster.
Manchin hasThe filibuster was always defended over the past year and a half, even as it was repeatedly used by Republicans to sabotage the Democratic party’s entire legislative agenda, including the Build Back Better Act.
Soon after the Uvalde shooting, Manchin expressed dismay that Republicans in the Senate wouldn’t join him and his Democratic colleagues to pass “common sense” gun legislation. It would be necessary for any gun reform bill to pass the Senate. It would likely need the support of all 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans.
“It makes no sense why we can’t do common sense things to try to prevent some of this from happening. It’s just unbelievable how we got here as a society,” Manchin told reporters.
But the right-wing Democrat continued to defend the filibuster, claiming it is “the only thing that prevents us from total insanity,” despite the fact that Republicans will likely employ the rule to block any proposed gun legislation from passing.
“You know where I stand,” Manchin added, referring to his stance on changing filibuster rules.
While Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader (D-New York), has expressed support for bringing a vote in the Senate on gun measures to the floor, he told his fellow senators on Tuesday not to expect one any time soonBecause it would likely be blocked due to a Republican filibuster.
Since President Joe Biden’s January 2021 inauguration, Manchin has refused several times to compromise on filibuster rules. He has repeatedly voiced his opposition to any changes to the filibuster rules that would allow legislation to be passed. This would have prevented Republican state legislators from disenfranchising voters.
Democratic insiders claim that Manchin appeared open to reforming the archaic Senate rules in past negotiations, but then abruptly changed his mind.
“You think you’re just about there. You think you’ve got an agreement on most of the things and it’s settling in. And then you come back the next morning and you’re starting from scratch,” A Democratic source stated that Axios January, describing the process as akin to “negotiating via Etch A Sketch.”