“We must all be alarmed at how the budget conciliation process is being used by both sides to stifle debate over the major issues facing our country today,” he wrote. “Legislation should never have been easy. It is hard work to address the needs of rural and urban communities in a single piece of legislation, but that is the job for which we have been elected. “
Manchin pointed to his own senatorial vote record. In 2013, he voted against the indictment of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which would end the filibuster of cabinet-level candidates and federal judges. In 2017, Mitch McConnell voted against Senate Majority Leader’s proposal to lower the threshold for concluding a debate on Supreme Court candidates by a simple majority.
“Every time the Senate voted to weaken the filibuster over the past decade, political dysfunction and blockade became more severe,” he wrote. “The political games played in the congress halls only fuel the hateful rhetoric and violence we are currently experiencing in our country.”
The option follows after Manchin said on Monday that Biden’s plan to pay for the infrastructure by raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent was not a trigger.
“We will not solve our nation’s problems in a congress if we only look for party political solutions,” he wrote. “Instead of fixing the abolition of the filibuster or shortening the legislative process through budgetary conciliation, it is time to do our job.”