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Manchin is right; filibuster important

The media and the majority of the Democratic Party have continued their relentless attacks on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Most of this sentiment comes from Manchin’s opposition to ending the filibuster, an action designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill or resolution. It takes 60 votes to break a filibuster, but a simple majority can abolish altogether.

But the truth is, Manchin was right when he said: “Every time the Senate has voted to weaken the filibuster in the past decade, the political dysfunction and gridlock have grown more severe.”

Just look at most recent Supreme Court confirmations.

If Democrats were to actually abolish the filibuster, it would be a legislative win for any agenda they want to pass in the short term.

But they fail to realize that if (and when) the GOP reclaims the Senate, it’s a win for every piece of legislation that Republicans would bring forth too — whether it’s abortion restrictions, restricting voting rights, rolling back LGBT+ protections, loosening gun control, etc.

The filibuster, while often abused by both parties, protects equal representation in government and promotes bipartisanship while dissuading a rogue party.

If the Democrats really want to pass their agenda, it’s time they stop with targeted statements that alienate the people they are trying to reach, stop ostracizing moderates like Manchin and myself, put forth strong candidates in elections, and achieve a 60/40 majority in the Senate to break the filibuster every time.

The filibuster is the ace up our sleeve that keeps our democracy alive. Abolition is not the answer.

Calvin Amato

Tyrone

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