How Joe Manchin Can Fix the Filibuster

In mending rather than ending the rule, he might get us a little closer to a workable middle ground.

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What Drives Joe Manchin? Frustrated Democrats Can Look to West Virginia.

The senator has become a lightning rod in his party and a major obstacle to President Biden’s agenda. In his home state, his stubborn belief in bipartisanship is recognized as the core of his being.

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Republican Filibuster Blocks Pay Equity Bill in the Senate

In a vote choreographed to fail, Democrats tried to bring to the Senate floor a bill to make it easier to sue over compensation discrimination, hoping to make the case to end the filibuster.

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Democrats Rethink Strategy as Filibuster Dashed

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

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Dreams of Ending the Filibuster Dashed, Democrats Rethink Strategy

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

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Senator Manchin, ‘Our Democracy Hangs by a Thread’

Readers decry the senator’s refusal to eliminate the filibuster. Also: Scars from the pandemic; part-time jobs for students.

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Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster

Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, appeared to slam the door on the far-reaching measure when he wrote in a home state newspaper he will not vote for any partisan voting bill.

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Democrats, Converted to Filibuster Foes, Are Set to Force the Issue

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, is lining up votes to build the case for defusing the procedural weapon, which Republicans have used to thwart the party’s agenda.

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Sinema and Manchin’s Nihilistic Bipartisanship

They could help save our democracy. She prefers not to.

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VP Kamala Harris Asked to Lead on Voting Rights, and It’s a Challenge

Her new role comes as the Senate enters a crucial month in the Democratic drive to enact the most extensive elections overhaul in a generation.

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Harris Asked to Lead on Voting Rights, and It’s a Challenge

Her new role comes as the Senate enters a crucial month in the Democratic drive to enact the most extensive elections overhaul in a generation.

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How Joe Manchin Could Make the Senate Great Again

He should follow in the steps of Robert Byrd and reform the filibuster.

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Biden Meets With Capito as Deadline for Infrastructure Deal Looms

President Biden and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican negotiator, had no breakthroughs. But they agreed to speak again on Friday.

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Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

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Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking a Capitol Riots Investigation

The vote killed the best chance for an independent accounting of the deadly Capitol attack, which Republicans feared would damage them politically.

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On Voting Rights, Biden Prefers to Negotiate. This Time, It Might Not Be Possible.

The president’s long history of deal making on the issue is crashing into the realities of a more sharply partisan time.

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After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

The looming vote on creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault could reignite a clash over the Senate blocking tactic. Activists worry that time is short for a bid to eliminate it.

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Senate Panel Deadlocks on Voting Rights as Bill Faces Major Obstacles

Democrats now face the task of overcoming their own differences on the measure, and deciding whether they will use it as a vehicle to try to curb the filibuster.

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Manchin Says He Will Never Back Weakening Filibuster

“We will not solve our nation’s problems in one Congress if we seek only partisan solutions,” Mr. Manchin wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

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How a Senate Ruling Could Help Push Biden’s Agenda Through Congress

Democrats now appear to have more chances to maneuver bills past Republicans, but it remains unclear how and when they might use them, and for what.

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Democrats Win Crucial Tool to Enact Biden’s Plans, Including Infrastructure

A ruling from the parliamentarian appears to clear the way for Democrats to bypass Republicans and fast-track at least one more fiscal package through the Senate on a majority vote.

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Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill

President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have made the far-reaching bill a top priority, but some proponents believe it needs major changes.

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Joe Biden Did Not Appear to Be a Master of Disguise

Whether you like him or hate him, the president isn’t quite who we thought he was.

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In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way.

Mr. Manchin’s belief in the need to keep the filibuster has set the stage for a collision between Democrats eager to use its majorities to pass sweeping legislation and a political throwback determined to restore bipartisanship.

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Timing Is Everything, Biden Says, and ‘Politics Is the Art of the Possible’

In his first formal news conference since taking office, President Biden offered an early glimpse of the man who inhabits the Oval Office and his approach to the presidency.

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Voting Rights Bill Puts Democrats on a Crash Course With the Filibuster

A debate over Senate procedure seems likely to come to a head, with a divided Democratic Party pushing to expand voting rights and Republicans standing firmly in the way.

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What a ‘Talking Filibuster’ Might Mean for the Senate

President Biden and some Democrats support changing Senate rules to require holding the floor with speeches — and, perhaps, singing and recitations from Dr. Seuss. Here’s how that worked in the past.

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With Biden Endorsement, Push to Weaken Filibuster Gains Traction

Activists and lawmakers say momentum is on their side but warn of a prolonged fight as Republicans dig in and some Democrats remain unconvinced.

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When the Filibuster Turns Deadly

Stop talking and just pass the gun bills.

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Biden Endorses Filibuster Rule Changes

President Biden for the first time said he favored a return to the requirement that opponents occupy the floor when making their case against legislation. Senator Mitch McConnell promised a “scorched earth” response.

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McConnell Threatens Retaliation for Filibuster Change as Idea Gains Strength

Activists urge Democrats to build a case by showing Republicans are determined to block popular liberal legislation on voting rights, immigration and guns.

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Will Democrats Nix (or Weaken) the Filibuster?

Many of their priorities have little chance of becoming law — unless they shake up Senate procedure.

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Joe Manchin and Stacey Abrams Can Meet on Common Ground

True democracy is within our grasp.

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For Democracy to Stay, the Filibuster Must Go

What happens when the biggest election reform bill in half a century runs into one of the most formidable barriers to American governance?

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The Senate’s F-Bomb

Meet the folks who can slow anything down.

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Manchin Expresses Openness to Making Filibuster Harder to Use

The moderate Democrat said he would not support killing off the procedural tool that requires bipartisan support for most bills, but signaled a willingness to advance some party-line votes.

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Kyrsten Sinema and the Thumbs-Down That Enraged the Left

The Arizona Democrat, one of a handful of moderate senators who hold heavy sway over President Biden’s agenda, has come under mounting pressure for her opposition to liberal priorities.

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After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead

With Republicans poised to block Democrats’ top priorities, the party-line vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package showed the gulf between the parties was too wide to be bridged.

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More Democrats Join Effort to Abolish the Filibuster

The mood in the party is shifting quickly, as fears grow that Republicans will block Mr. Biden’s biggest plans

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Should We Put the Filibuster Out of Its Misery?

Depends on which people you talk to. Ezra Klein and Jessica Anderson join Jane Coaston to debate the Senate’s revered and reviled tactic.

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Democrats’ Big Tent Helped Them Win. Now It Threatens Biden’s Agenda.

The party’s ideological blend of moderates and progressives carried it to power in Washington, but elements of that coalition could block the most ambitious parts of President Biden’s agenda.

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What Trump, San Francisco and the Deer in My Backyard Have in Common

Democracy depends on understanding the connection.

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The Senate Is Making a Mockery of Itself

A former Senate staffer explains how the institution became a legislative black hole — and how to fix it.

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The Filibuster That Saved the Electoral College

Like other Senate blockades of the civil rights era, it was about preserving white supremacy.

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An Appalled Republican Considers the Future of the G.O.P.

Yuval Levin traces the party’s path from Ronald Reagan to Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare

No one would ever design a legislative body that worked this way.

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Why Arizona’s Senators May Collide With Democrats Who Elected Them

Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly ran on bipartisan approaches to governing, but some Democrats in Arizona view their openness to Senate Republicans with skepticism.

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Mitch McConnell Should Leave the History Lessons to Others

The framers did not want a Senate supermajority to be required to pass ordinary legislation.

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The First Post-Reagan Presidency

So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.

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The Fate of the Filibuster

An exploration of the debate over the rule’s future in the U.S. Senate.

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