Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin committed not to vote to pack the courts or end the legislative filibuster.
The centrist West Virginia politician made the declaration on Fox News’s Special Report on Monday, alluding to the remaining possibility of an even party split in the Senate (50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with two independents who caucus with them), meaning that presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could be a tiebreaker.
“If one senator does not vote on a Democratic side, there is no tie, and there is no bill,” Manchin said about that possible scenario, adding, “when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that.”
Manchin’s opposition effectively eliminates the possibility that Democrats could force through the two liberal wish list items.
After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, some on the Left began to assert that if Republicans pushed through an appointment to fill her spot, they would expand the size of the Supreme Court if they gained control of the Senate in November. Many Democrats haven’t explicitly endorsed the idea, though there are many who haven’t explicitly condemned it.