Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to changing the Senate’s legislative filibuster in an attempt to raise the debt ceiling, one day after he told reporters he is “not ruling things out.”
“I’ve been very, very clear where I stand on the filibuster,” Manchin told a gaggle of reporters. “Nothing changes.”
Despite his opposition to the Democrat’s back-up, a so-called “nuclear option” that involves voting for an exception to the filibuster rule for the debt limit vote, Manchin vowed the US “will not default.”
“The only thing I can say at this time to Leader Schumer, and to know Minority Leader McConnell is please, please, please work together. This is a democracy, democracy only works when all sides work to the same common goal,” he added.
The day before, however, the West Virginia senator said, “I’m not ruling things out.”
“I just know there’s enough good people here that will not let this country fall to default … it is not going to happen.”
Democrats are looking to raise the debt limit before Oct. 18 to avoid defaulting. A vote on a standalone measure to raise the ceiling is scheduled in the Senate for Wednesday afternoon, and is likely to fall short of the necessary 60 votes.
Republicans, particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have urged Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without any GOP votes through reconciliation.
“Our colleagues have plenty of time to get it done before the earliest projected deadline,” McConnell said in Wednesday’s Senate session.
“There would be potential for time agreements to wrap it up well before any danger, but the Democratic leaders wanted solutions. They wanted to turn their failure into everybody else’s crisis, playing risky games with our economy, using manufactured drama to bully their own members, indulging petty politics instead of governing.”
The minority leader has long urged Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own, and in a letter to Biden Monday, told the president: “Bipartisanship is not a light switch that [House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority] Leader [Chuck] Schumer may flip on to borrow money and flip off to spend it.
“Republicans’ position is simple,” McConnell went on. “We have no list of demands. For two and