He pushed for compromise, pointing to a recent deal between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass the debt ceiling at the end of last year.
“[You] didn’t break the rules to do that. You didn’t. You worked it out, which is the leadership’s responsibility,” he said.
“Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel on the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart, and you don’t have to look very far to see how we’re tearing ourselves apart,” said Manchin, who added that if the Democrats’ gambit succeeded, “there’s not going to be any check on the executive branch.”