Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said this week that he will oppose dramatic reform of the filibuster even if Republican senators use it to block the creation of a Jan. 6 commission.
According to Forbes correspondent Andrew Solender, Manchin was asked about supporting filibuster reform in light of reports that Republicans are expected to use the legislative tactic to obstruct the Jan. 6 investigation.
"No," Manchin laughed. “I can't take the fallout."
Manchin has been identified as one of the few Democratic senators standing in the way of reforming the filibuster.
Just asked Sen. Joe Manchin if he would invoke the nuclear option to blow up the filibuster if Republicans block the Jan. 6 commission bill.“No," he told me. “I can't take the fallout."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 25, 2021
NEW: Joe Manchin says he would NOT be willing to nuke the filibuster even if Republicans use it to block the Jan. 6 commission. “I can't take the fallout," he told us, laughing loudly.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) May 25, 2021
My statement with @SenatorSinema on the need for a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th: pic.twitter.com/MTJ0gEQjoL
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) May 25, 2021