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In the op-ed, published by The Washington Post, Manchin decried efforts to eliminate the filibuster and also lamented the use of the budget reconciliation process by both parties to pass legislation without the support of senators across the aisle. Under the process, legislation can advance with a majority vote rather than the 60 votes need to advance most bills.

Republicans used the process to pass tax cuts and changes under the Trump administration and in a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats used it to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid relief bill and are viewing it as a vehicle for additional spending and tax proposals on a range of issues, including infrastructure.

Though Manchin voted for the covid relief bill and did not rule out supporting such a legislative maneuver again, he wrote: “I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace…

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