Mitch McConnell finally agree to proceed with power sharing talks on Monday after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) say they will not vote to get rid of the Senate filibuster, The Hill reports.
On Monday, Manchin told reporters that he does not “support doing away with the filibuster under any condition”.
A spokesperson for Sinema told the Washington Post that the senator is “against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster.”
In a statement on Monday, McConnell said: “Today two Democratic Senators publicly confirmed they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden’s and my view that no Senate majority should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help shape legislation.”
“The legislative filibuster was a key part of the foundation beneath the Senate’s last 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001. With these assurances, I look forward to moving ahead with a power-sharing agreement modeled on that precedent,” he added.
Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer is claiming victory.
“We’re glad Senator McConnell threw in the towel and gave up on his ridiculous demand. We look forward to organizing the Senate under Democratic control and start getting big, bold things done for the American people,” his spokesperson said.