Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia showed why he is the voice of reason among Senate Democrats by pushing back against calls to pack the court and end the filibuster.
According to The Daily Caller:
Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he opposes packing the Supreme Court or ending the Senate filibuster and urged his Democratic colleagues to be “bipartisan.”
“I do not believe that would help anybody,” Manchin told “Fox & Friends” when asked if he would favor adding more seats to the Supreme Court or ending filibusters in the Senate.
“Basically, no one is working together,” the senator said, noting that packing the Supreme Court could be a chronic game of tit for tat: “you have 11 or 13 [seats] it’s going to flip the other way no matter who comes in power. So why would you go down that path?” Manchin asked.
The senator also said that if the Democrats controlled the White House in 2020 and could nominate a Supreme Court justice, he is “sure there would be a push to shove somebody through.”
It remains unclear if Manchin will vote for the next Supreme Court nominee but he did vote for both Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.