“We should all be alarmed, like them Budget reconciliation process is used by both parties to suppress the debate on the main problems our country is facing today, ”he wrote. “Legislation should never be easy. It is hard work meeting the needs of both rural and urban communities in a single law, but it is the work we were chosen to do. “
Manchin pointed to his own voting results as a senator. In 2013, he voted against former Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s charges of eliminating the filibuster for cabinet-level candidates and federal judges. In 2017, he voted against a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lower the threshold to end the debate on Supreme Court candidates by simple majority.
“Every time the Senate has voted to weaken the filibuster over the past decade, the political dysfunction and stalemate have grown worse,” he wrote. “The political games in the congress halls are only fueling the hateful rhetoric and violence that we are currently seeing in our country.”
The comment comes after Manchin said Monday that Biden’s plan to pay for infrastructure by raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent was a non-runner.
“We will not solve our nation’s problems in a Congress if we only look for party-political solutions,” he wrote. “Instead of focusing on eliminating the filibuster or shortening the legislative process through budget voting, it’s time to get our jobs done.”