Manchin’s view is important because Democrats can’t muscle through any rules changes without a unified caucus given that the chamber is divided 50-50 and all Republicans are likely to oppose such changes.
Manchin told CNN “yes,” he was drawing the line at maintaining the 60-vote threshold to defeat a filibuster, even as many in his caucus want to lower that threshold to 51 votes to make it easier to advance legislation on a party-line basis.
“I’m still at 60,” Manchin said. “That’s where I’m at. I haven’t changed.”
“No, I’m still at 60. OK?” Manchin said, noting these “are all interesting” ideas.
“That’s a little bit like being pregnant — maybe,” he said of such an idea, an apparent reference to the saying “you can’t be half-pregnant.”
“I think the most encouraging thing was the President of the United States understands the importance of maintaining (the power) of the minority in the Senate.”
Source: CNNPolitics – Breaking News