On Sunday, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper, West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who will soon be the Senate Majority Leader and have control of the Senate, as the 50-50 tie in the Senate will give his party control with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris breaking any ties, stated that he was against eliminating the legislative filibuster, saying, “I’m basically for making this place work together. I don’t know if that works. I’d be no on that.”
Because of the filibuster, a minimum of 60 votes is needed to advance legislation; most Democratic proposals would require at least 10 GOP senators to agree in order for them to be passed. Eliminating the legislative filibuster would enable the Democrats to pass legislation with a simple majority vote.
The way the filibuster works is this: the minority party can keep debate open on a legislative issue until the Senate votes to close the issue, but to close