One of Joe Manchin’s harshest Republican critics praises his filibuster defense.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said his relationship with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is good, praising him for protecting the Senate filibuster rule against others in his own party who want to change or repeal it.
The Republican said he was proud of Sen. Manchin (D-WV) for holding “the line on what’s reasonable” during a COVID press briefing, arguing that Washington, D.C. has “tilted so much to the left” over the previous year.
He went on to say that if amendments to the Senate filibuster rule, which essentially allows a minority of at least 41 senators to oppose legislation, were implemented, the country would suffer terrible consequences.
His praise for Manchin was unexpected, given that the two were at odds three months ago over a provision in the American Rescue Plan.
“The relationship between me and Senator Manchin is good,” Justice stated to the reporters on Thursday. I’d say I hope Joe sticks to his guns and sticks to what’s appropriate. We all know that Washington has swung so far to the left in so many areas that it’s completely absurd in so many respects.”
Later, he stated that he and Senator Manchin had a terrific connection and that he was “very proud of the fact that Joe stood up in regard to this filibuster stuff,” which he referred to as the “dagger” that would destroy the United States.
In March, Justice and Manchin had a spat over a COVID stimulus package clause that threatened to make it more difficult for Justice to deliver tax cuts in the state.
The most recent COVID stimulus plan included $350 billion in state and local government help, but it prohibited the monies from being used to offset losses caused by tax cuts or other comparable measures.
At the time, the Republican accused the Democratic senator of not caring about local residents and alleged he had sold his congressional influence, while Manchin dismissed the Republican’s “political charges.”
“He doesn’t give a damn about you. At a COVID briefing in March, Justice stated, “He doesn’t care about the people of this state.” “Joe Manchin is literally selling his power and making money.”
The Democratic senator said that Justice’s attacks were doing “nothing to help hard-working West Virginians,” and said he. This is a brief summary.